Xavier Rhodes lands contract extension with Vikings

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Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes has jumped up near the top of the list of best-paid cornerbacks in the NFL.

The team announced on Sunday that Rhodes has agreed to a contract extension. They did not announce the terms, but Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Rhodes, who was entering the final year of his rookie deal, has agreed to an extension through 2022. Rhodes’ mentor and former NFL cornerback Terrell Buckley hinted that such a deal was in the works last week.

Rhodes’ contract called for him to make just over $8 million this season and Schefter reports he’ll make up to $70 million more over the five new years of the deal. Rhodes’ deal reportedly includes $41 million in guaranteed money and sets him up to make $42 million over the first three years of the deal.

Rhodes didn’t confirm those figures, but did confirm that his bank account is bulging in a Twitter post.

Rhodes was the 25th overall pick of the 2013 draft and is coming off a 2016 season that saw him make 52 tackles and five interceptions while starting all 14 games that he played. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time as a result of that performance and the Vikings will be hoping for more of the same over the life of his new deal.

48 responses to “Xavier Rhodes lands contract extension with Vikings

  1. He deserves the contract extension. Even when he isn’t intercepting the ball he generally finds a way to swat the pass away. With a potential new deal for Barr next year along with Hunter, this is going to be rather an expensive defense.

  2. Well, this just sucks!

    These upstart Vikings in the big city took all our fans west of Wisconsin when they started and they’ve been a thorn in our side ever since.

    Now here they come again with another extension of one of their defense’s best players.

    At least my Packers still have Aaron. But that’s about it.

  3. I must say as a Viking 4Life since 1968. No one has satisfactorily explained “why” Xavier Rhodes played zone when Zimmer specifically told him to play one on one with Jordy Nelson in the second Viking/Packer matchup. Jordy Nelson tore up the Vikings in the first half, but in the second half when Xavier Rhodes played Jordy Nelson one on one Jordy Nelson only caught several passes for 24 yards. Congratulations on the contract extension but-Does anyone know why Xavier played zone when he was told to play one on one?

  4. sterling7 says:
    Jul 30, 2017 2:13 PM

    I must say as a Viking 4Life since 1968. No one has satisfactorily explained “why” Xavier Rhodes played zone when Zimmer specifically told him to play one on one with Jordy Nelson in the second Viking/Packer matchup. Jordy Nelson tore up the Vikings in the first half, but in the second half when Xavier Rhodes played Jordy Nelson one on one Jordy Nelson only caught several passes for 24 yards. Congratulations on the contract extension but-Does anyone know why Xavier played zone when he was told to play one on one?

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    Terence Newman’s ego

  5. Vikings know it’s defense and running game that wins, you can have a HOF QB to get in to the playoffs, but you will choke it away vs. the elite teams…way to build a great, locked in defense Vikings…Linval Joseph needs to be next.

  6. An article about the Vikings, with no mention of any other teams, and actual Vikings “fans” can do nothing but come on and post about the team they wish they were. Worst fans in the league.

  7. Yes, those third-place Vikings have the best talent in the league at every single position. They also have the best head coach in the league AND the best assistants. Also, Rick Spielman is the best GM in the NFL. Finally, they have the greatest football stadium ever built by the hands of man.

    Everyone knows all this to be true. Until September, that is.

  8. Here we go again
    Viking fans , like Eagle fans TALK during the off season .
    Green Bay wins the division easily
    And Vikings continue to stink

  9. f1restarter says:
    Jul 30, 2017 2:39 PM
    Yes, those third-place Vikings have the best talent in the league at every single position.
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    I have not realized the season has started and the teams have positions in the standings. I know Packer fans and Mark Murphy already think the Packers have won the Super Bowl but take my word for it training camps are just starting and it is not yet even the preseason.

  10. Panic move by the most hapless and tasteless franchise in sports. I’ll bet Jordy loves this given how many times he’s cruised down “Highway 29”.

  11. allight59 says:
    Jul 30, 2017 2:27 PM
    Vikings know it’s defense and running game that wins, you can have a HOF QB to get in to the playoffs, but you will choke it away vs. the elite teams…way to build a great, locked in defense Vikings…Linval Joseph needs to be next.
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    Yeah cause Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Peyton Manning, Ben Rothlisberger, Brees, Rodgers, etc. all suck… NOT! Sorry, but history proves that more often than not you need a franchise QB to win a SB, unless you have a history making defense like the 2000 Ravens… Good luck with Checkdown Sammy trying to Dilfer his way to an SB.

  12. Well $14M per season might sound high, but it’s really pretty reasonable when you consider that you’re sort of getting a coach along with a DB.
    Rhodes doesn’t have to be coached by anyone since he tells the coaches to FO and plays defense the way he wants to anyway.

  13. Not only does Aaron Rodgers have to carry a team, a coaching staff and an organization on his back. He’s got to carry boasting PFT trolls as well. Without Rodgers, that’s a 6-10 squad or worse for the last 5 years. Back to back HOF QBs in the last 25 years, with 6 SB trophies to show for it. Oh wait.

  14. Just so hype doesn’t overcomes facts.
    Rhodes is a physical specimen, but after 4 years he is showing just some signs of not being overmatched.
    He rarely turns to make a play on the ball, usually plays trail technique and grabs/ swats at the ball, and has never made an anticipation route jump in 4 years.
    I have seen every Viking snap since 1996, and I’m chuckling how every team sells hope every year but the facts are very, very few players are difference makers that deserve a headline. Rhodes led DBs in penalties his first two years, and didn’t have a single pick till his third year.
    So let’s go easy on hen high gives and yellow jacket fittings. He’s a C+ corner today with a B + ceiling.

  15. h0metownzero says:
    Jul 30, 2017 3:10 PM
    Panic move by the most hapless and tasteless franchise in sports. I’ll bet Jordy loves this given how many times he’s cruised down “Highway 29”.

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    Maybe if the Packers ever draft a defensive player worth a contract extension, you will understand why teams with good defenses do it…but since Green Bay only worries about offense, their defense sucks on an annual basis…I have enjoyed watching their defense embarrass themselves out of the playoffs three years in a row…it makes all the Packers troll comments so much more entertaining….

  16. Now is the time to extend him and use up the extra cap space they presently have in place. Spielman was trashed by opposing fans for the Everson signing a few years back, and we all know how that turned out.

    And Vikings fans must keep in mind that according to cheeser logic any expression of happiness over a Viking move or player signing is a declaration of a Super Bowl and “off-season” win.

  17. Well THAT shuts off The Packers Offense on 1/2 the field for the next 4+ years.
    Waynes has made some CRAZY good plays in his 1st starting roll on the other side.. Talk all you want to but this D is very…..very GOOD

  18. Maybe if the Packers ever draft a defensive player worth a contract extension, you will understand why teams with good defenses do it…but since Green Bay only worries about offense, their defense sucks on an annual basis…I have enjoyed watching their defense embarrass themselves out of the playoffs three years in a row…it makes all the Packers troll comments so much more entertaining….

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    Have you also been enjoying th 55 seasons of futility from one of the more embarrassing franchises in the history of the sport? I know I have.

  19. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Jul 30, 2017 2:12 PM
    Well, this just sucks!

    These upstart Vikings in the big city took all our fans west of Wisconsin when they started and they’ve been a thorn in our side ever since.

    Now here they come again with another extension of one of their defense’s best players.

    At least my Packers still have Aaron. But that’s about it.

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    If you Vikings fans think this guy is a Packers fan, I have a bridge to sell you. He’s a troll who always criticizes the Packers no matter what they do.
    Here’s what I know — Vikings fans would love to trade rosters with the Packers if they could. There is no question what so ever the Packers have a better roster than the Vikings — and it all starts with # 12. And the Packers are a young team, too.
    This is a good signing by the Vikings. Rhodes is an excellent cover corner.

  20. Locking up all these talented defenders gives the Vikes about 5 more years to figure out how to fix the OL so the offense can do at least as much as the 2000 Trent Dilfer led Ravens.

  21. If Zimmer is going to officially give up defensive play calling, then it makes sense for Rhodes to get a raise and extension.

  22. nyneal says:
    Jul 30, 2017 6:29 PM

    im not a viking fan but here….i fixed it for you:

    Here’s what I know — Vikings fans would love to trade quarterbacks with the Packers if they could.

  23. pkrh8tr says:
    Jul 30, 2017 7:11 PM
    nyneal says:
    Jul 30, 2017 6:29 PM

    im not a viking fan but here….i fixed it for you:

    Here’s what I know — Vikings fans would love to trade quarterbacks with the Packers if they could.
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    Packers would trade their whole defense for 2 of the top 8 Viking defenders. Fixed that for you.

  24. This guy busted his hump to be called one of the best. The pay scale is what it is. He’s a really good player.

    Meanwhile: bighoser says:

    > Good luck with Checkdown Sammy trying to Dilfer his way to an SB.

    I’d take that.

  25. Top corners are worth their weight in gold. Whatever they’re paying him, he’s probably underpaid. The Vikings are for real and they finally have a top QB. Should be a fun season in the Twin Cities.

  26. This is yet another indication that Zimmer is soon to join Tice, Childress, and Frazier on the Vikings’ ever growing “best coach in the NFL” scrap pile.

    His players quit on him and his “vaunted” backfield straight mutinied. Now those players are being rewarded? That’s a pretty clear indication of what the front office thinks of Zimmer.

  27. Listening to the Cheesers trying to formulate something close to an intelligent comeback is ALMOST as enjoyable as hearing we got Rhodes signed and set! Great signing, Rick! SKOL!!

  28. schmokes says:
    Jul 30, 2017 6:19 PM
    Have you also been enjoying th 55 seasons of futility from one of the more embarrassing franchises in the history of the sport?
    ???????????????????????????

    The Vikings have the sixth-highest regular-season winning percentage in modern NFL history, ahead of teams like the Ravens, Packers, Patriots and Colts.
    Not an embarrassment or futile at all.

  29. fmc651 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 1:07 AM
    schmokes says:
    Jul 30, 2017 6:19 PM
    Have you also been enjoying th 55 seasons of futility from one of the more embarrassing franchises in the history of the sport?
    ???????????????????????????

    The Vikings have the sixth-highest regular-season winning percentage in modern NFL history, ahead of teams like the Ravens, Packers, Patriots and Colts.
    Not an embarrassment or futile at all.

    3 0
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    Hahahahahaha. Yup, because regular season winning percentage is what it’s all about. Vikings fans are so entertaining, I love it!

  30. fmc651 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 1:07 AM

    The Vikings have the sixth-highest regular-season winning percentage in modern NFL history, ahead of teams like the Ravens, Packers, Patriots and Colts.
    Not an embarrassment or futile at all.

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    If you’re happy with that, the rest of the NFL is ecstatic… and one more reason the Vikings will never change. Why should they?

    Zygi’s making billions while bilking you out of billions and you guys just keep begging for more by screaming from the rooftops how great things are.

    There aren’t too many businesses that can perform worse than half, if not more, of the competition and survive; much less have the customers blindly singing their praises.

    Hats off to Zygi.

  31. vikinghooper says:
    Jul 30, 2017 4:25 PM

    Just so hype doesn’t overcomes facts.
    Rhodes is a physical specimen, but after 4 years he is showing just some signs of not being overmatched.
    He rarely turns to make a play on the ball, usually plays trail technique and grabs/ swats at the ball, and has never made an anticipation route jump in 4 years.
    I have seen every Viking snap since 1996, and I’m chuckling how every team sells hope every year but the facts are very, very few players are difference makers that deserve a headline. Rhodes led DBs in penalties his first two years, and didn’t have a single pick till his third year.
    So let’s go easy on hen high gives and yellow jacket fittings. He’s a C+ corner today with a B + ceiling.
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    I respect your opinion but I tend to disagree because it’s the exact opposite opinion of everyone who is connected to the NFL in some way. I think I’ll go with them.

  32. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jul 30, 2017 3:38 PM
    T-Buck must be mentoring Spielman as well. The “vaunted Zimmer defense” rode Highway 29 all the way to 8-8 and third place last year. I bet the parade was spectacular.

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    The defense wasn’t the reason the Vikings were 8-8 last year.

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