The deal is worth $37 million with $17 million guaranteed, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. He will earn $9 million in the first year, a source told ESPN.
McLeod, 25, developed from key special-teams contributor to starting free safety by 2013 and became a staple in the Rams’ secondary.
In 2015, McLeod set career highs in tackles (81) and forced fumbles (three) to go with a fumble recovery and an interception. He has 227 tackles, five interceptions, seven forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in his career.
The Rams used a second-round tender on McLeod as a restricted free agent before last season. They originally signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia in 2012.
Rodney McLeod teamed up with Shriners Hospitals for Children to host his second annual Shriners Hospital for Children–St. Louis Halloween Huddle at America’s Incredible Pizza Company, where McLeod told his own personal story of making it to the NFL and played games and other activities with the children.
“I could feel the excitement as soon as I walked into the room,” McLeod said. “This event means a lot to them, but I think it means even more to me. I’m able to take time out of my day and hang with these kids, and really appreciate things we may take for granted that these kids have to deal with on a daily basis.”
But before he and the children could go play games, he needed to complete his “Shriners Initiation.” Madelyn, one of Shriners patients, taught McLeod how to tie his shoes with just one hand. McLeod had a tough time meanwhile Madelyn tied her shoes in less than 30 seconds, and then had to tie his shoes for him.
“It’s been great to come out here and meet with everyone and hang out with Rodney,” said Madelyn Hubbs, one of the Shriners patients. “He’s really inspirational.”
All of the children in attendance were in Halloween costumes as was McLeod who traded in his street clothes for a Captain America costume. The Rams’ starting safety and children played air hockey, mini-golf and drove go-carts throughout the afternoon.
“A lot of these kids have some very serious challenges in their lives,” Shriners Hospital for Children–St. Louis Senior Director of Public Relations and Communications Tammy Robbins said. “Meeting someone like Rodney and Rodney taking the time out of his schedule to come and spend some time with the kids gives them an extra boost they really need to know they really are special.”
Check out pictures from the event in our media gallery.