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Giants Sign Former Patriots Defensive Back Jalen Mills to 1-Year Deal

Mills provides veteran depth at safety and will get a chance to compete for Xavier McKinney's old job.

The New York Giants have signed defensive back Jalen Mills, most recently with the New England Patriots, to their defensive backfield on a one-year deal. 

Mills, 29, is 6-0 and 200 pounds. He entered the league as a seventh-round draft pick (PickNo. 233) of the Philadelphia Eagles out of LSU in 2016. He played five seasons with the Eagles before moving to the New England Patriots in 2021.  

 In eight seasons, Mills has appeared in 106 games with 83 starts and has 406 tackles, 53 pass breakups, and seven interceptions, with one returned for a touchdown.

Although a cornerback by trade, Mills played the majority of his snaps last season at safety, splitting time between the box and at free safety and also playing snaps in the slot.

Last season, he recorded a career-best 73.5 coverage rating in which he allowed 58.6 percent of the pass targets against him to be completed (second best in his career) for 157 yards and no touchdowns.

Mills provides some veteran reinforcement to the Giatns safety group that just lost Xavier McKinney to the Green Bay Packers. He will compete with Dane Belton and Gervarrius Owens for McKinney's vacant starting job this summer.