Browns’ Veteran Safety Rodney McLeod Says 2024 Season Will Be His Last in NFL

Rodney McLeod with the Philadelphia Eagles in November 2017
Rodney McLeod with the Philadelphia Eagles in November 2017. Photo by Shane Roper/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9229373t)

The Cleveland Browns’ veteran safety Rodney McLeod will do one “last lap” before hanging his cleats. During a recent appearance on NFL Total Access, McLeod said that he will retire after the 2024 season.

McLeod played 10 games, including five starts, with the Browns last season before suffering a biceps injury that ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign. He didn’t want his career to end that way, which is why he decided to return for one more run.

“This is the last lap for me. It’s been a long career,” McLeod said. “I’m looking forward to rocking out with my teammates this year, giving it all, and hopefully ending up where we want to be, which is the last dance at the end of the year.”

“[I] just felt as though last year was left incomplete,” McLeod added. “I wanted a complete year. I pride myself on availability and being durable. And so, for me this year, it’s finishing unfinished business, I would say.”

Rodney McLeod entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia. He spent his first four years as a pro with the St. Louis Rams before signing with the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent.  McLeod helped the Eagles win Super Bowl LII in 2017, recording six tackles and one pass defended in the championship game. He also played with the Indianapolis Colts before joining the Browns ahead of the 2023 campaign.

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