New England Patriots Sign Cornerback A Week After Releasing Him

The New England Patriots have made some recent moves in their secondary by releasing cornerback Jalen Mills and then re-signing him to a revised one-year contract worth up to $6.1 million.

Mills had signed a four-year contract with the team in 2021, but he missed seven games due to injuries last year, leading to his original release.

However, he's expected to be fully recovered from his groin injury by the time training camp begins.

Mills' productive performance on the field, including two interceptions in 10 games, had led to speculation that he could potentially replace retired FS Devin McCourty, and now that speculation is warranted.

Entering his seventh NFL season, Mills has recorded 360 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, seven interceptions and 52 passes defended across 89 games played.

Mills' ability to play either cornerback or safety is an asset to the Patriots' secondary. He will likely reprise his key role in the team's defense under his new contract, which is likely to include incentives. Photo Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports