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Rhodes' contract contains a $4.78 million hole

In response to the news that the Jets have benched safety Kerry Rhodes, he likely can take some solace in his contract that pays him $20 million guaranteed, right?

Well, not completely.

A league source tells us that a large chunk of Rhodes’ guaranteed money is guaranteed for injury only, and not for skill.  So if the Jets cut Rhodes, the guaranteed money won’t be paid.

So if the Jets opt to sever ties with Rhodes before the 2010 season, he won’t earn a $2 million guaranteed (for injury only) roster bonus or a $2.78 million guaranteed (for injury only) base salary.

That’s $4.78 million in supposedly guaranteed money that will evaporate if the benching is the first step toward a bumping of Rhodes from the roster.

As Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News points out, Rhodes has yet to register a single impact play in 10 games.  He has zero interceptions, no sacks, no forced fumbles, and no fumble recoveries.

Cimini believes that the benching traces to Rhodes’ failure to deliver a big hit to Pats receiver Wes Welker on Sunday, during a play in which Welker gained 15 yards.

As Cimini also points out, there are rumblings that Rhodes isn’t sufficiently focused on football, given his fledgling acting and modeling career.

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12 Responses to “Rhodes' contract contains a $4.78 million hole”
  1. sim448 says: Nov 25, 2009 2:16 PM

    he is good at running- his mouth

  2. leatherneck says: Nov 25, 2009 2:24 PM

    The Saints could use him.

  3. Fan of Football says: Nov 25, 2009 2:42 PM

    haha, serves the idiot right for running his mouth last year about Favre when the whole team took a dump at the end of the season, not just Brett. That is more then evident now looking at the current state of affairs with the Jets. Back to their 2007 form without a healthy Brett.

  4. Cleveland Sucks aka Philly Sewer Rat says: Nov 25, 2009 2:47 PM

    Rhodes is a f*cking loser, he’s all talk, just like the entire Jets team, bunch of Divas.

  5. Ches says: Nov 25, 2009 3:01 PM

    Well if Mangini is back next year then I bet that he will end up in Cleveland.

  6. Richm2256 says: Nov 25, 2009 3:01 PM

    “You know, now that I think about it, my hammy feels a bit tight”

  7. jrillah10 says: Nov 25, 2009 3:22 PM

    Rhodes is a good player. The Jets as a whole have been awful on defense as of late. Please cut Kerry Rhodes so he can sign with the Bucs. Sabby Piss-All-On-Me SUCKS!!!! And when your LB’s are getting beat to the corner on a regular basis, it’s hard to cover. You’re constantly worried the RB is going to pick up 10 yards. Ask Revis who was over the top against Moss all day.

  8. BuffaloFan85 says: Nov 25, 2009 4:03 PM

    So Donte Whitner would be cut by the Jets after 10 games vs the last 3 years for the Bills?

  9. NFLMMAfan says: Nov 25, 2009 4:07 PM

    I think I had a concussion……
    In week 2…….
    I forgot to tell the team Doctor….

  10. PFTiswhatitis says: Nov 25, 2009 4:07 PM

    as if Rhodes could catch Welker to deliver a hit.

  11. DABOYS says: Nov 25, 2009 4:10 PM


  12. MasterShake says: Nov 25, 2009 11:39 PM

    Sean Merriman may have spen 4.78 on a hole as well.

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