New England Patriots

New England Patriots

New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 06: Jalen Mills #2 of the New England Patriots reacts in the second half of a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on November 06, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

There’s a long list of players that have left the Patriots then come back in the Bill Belichick era. These players are often referred to as being on their second (or third, or fourth) stint with the team.

Does current Patriots defensive back Jalen Mills belong on that list? It’s tough to say. Mills was very briefly released by the team back in March, only to re-sign a few days later. Not only did Mills re-sign with the team, but did so on a contract similar to what he had remaining on his old deal prior to being released.

  • Following Tuesday’s OTA practice, Mills spoke to reporters for the first time since the offseason, and was asked about the release.

    “Man, that’s in the past now. Yeah man, it’s in the past,” he said. “I’m here. I’m happy. I wanted to be a Patriot. I’m here.” However, asked if he would define those few days as a ‘whirlwind,’ he shut the topic down saying “I don’t want to speak on that.”

  • Along with Mills’ new contract came a new position. Mills’ re-signing was reported with the news that the Patriots planned on moving him from cornerback to safety – a position he played previously in Philadelphia – in 2023. Based on what we’ve seen through two OTA practices, that plan certainly appears to be in place. Mills was asked after practice on Tuesday if that’s something he expected when signing his new contract.

    “Not really,” he said. “Here with the Patriots, everything is a little bit unexpected. But when your number’s called, you have to be ready.”

    Mills originally signed with the Patriots in the spring of 2021, on a four-year, $24 million deal. In 26 games over the last two years he’s recorded 12 pass breakups and two interceptions while primarily playing boundary corner.

  • Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at [email protected].

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