The New England Patriots' plans to let go of starting cornerback Jalen Mills have changed, and the two sides have agreed to a revised one-year contract worth up to $6.1 million.
The Patriots would have saved approximately $5 million on the salary cap if they had released Mills; His four-year, $24 million contract, which he signed in March 2021, had two years left on it.
As a result, the original contract was reduced by one year in exchange for Mills' continued employment with the Patriots. In 2023 and 2024, Mills was expected to receive base salaries of $5 million each, with the possibility of earning an additional $1 million in per-game roster bonuses each year.
In his first year with the Patriots, Mills, 28, started every game. However, due to illness, he did not play in the Patriots' playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills. He started 10 of the first 11 games this season before suffering a groin injury that kept him out the rest of the year.
Six-foot, 191-pound Mills had 78 tackles, two interceptions, and 12 passes defended in his first two seasons in New England. In spite of the fact that he played cornerback, Plants as of late tweeted that he likewise sees himself as a security, which is the sort of position adaptability the Nationalists by and large worth.
After Devin McCourty, the Patriots' stalwart safety, retires, the team might try Mills out. The club re-signed veteran cornerback Jonathan Jones last week to a two-year contract with a base value of $19 million. At the position, the team also returns 2022 draft picks Marcus Jones and Jack Jones, as well as restricted free agent Myles Bryant, Quandre Mosely, Shaun Wade, and Rodney Randle, and depth players.