Colts land former All-Pro CB Xavier Rhodes on one-year contract

Ruben Hill
March 27, 2020

The Colts had a vacancy in their secondary after releasing starting cornerback Pierre Desir earlier this week.

Rhodes, who was the 25th pick in the 2013 draft by the Vikings, became one of the NFL's top cornerbacks in Minnesota but his play declined the past two years and he had an especially hard 2019 season. He carried a $12.9 million cap hit and had been under contract through 2022. Rhodes, 30 in June, struggled for most of last season.

Rhodes is coming off of a down year with the Minnesota Vikings, the team he has played for his entire career since being drafted No. 25 overall in the 2013 National Football League draft.

Despite cutting Rhodes with three seasons remaining on his contract, the Vikings tried to re-sign him, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com tweets. The team will start three new cornerbacks in 2020 after Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander also exited in free agency. But if they feel a prospect like Trevon Diggs or Damon Arnette is worth a second-round pick, then the signing of Rhodes won't keep them from selecting those players.

He exits the Vikings with 73 pass deflections and 10 interceptions in 104 regular season games. The Colts will aim to bring Rhodes closer to his top level next season.

Penalty flags also followed Rhodes throughout his Vikings tenure, which included him either tying or outright leading the team in penalties every year from 2013-2019.

Rhodes will add experience to a youthful Colts cornerback group that features Kenny Moore, Rock Ya-Sin, Marvell Tell and Quincy Wilson.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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