Vikings are releasing Xavier Rhodes

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Surprisingly, he made the Pro Bowl last year. Not surprisingly, he’ll now be available to make the Pro Bowl with a new team.

Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes has been released, according to Mike Tannenbaum of ESPN.com.

Rhodes was due to make $9.9 million in salary in 2020. Cutting him consumes $4.8 million in cap space, but it creates a net cap gain of $7.5 million for the cap-strapped Vikings.

One of three first-round picks by the Vikings in 2013 (the others were Sharrif Floyd and Cordarrelle Patterson), Rhodes became a cornerstone of the defense under coach Mike Zimmer, who arrived in 2014. Rhodes parlayed his performance into a long-term deal in 2017, which will be torn up with three years remaining.

Rhodes, who turns 30 in June, seemed to repeatedly find his way into Zimmer’s doghouse last year after becoming a liability at times in coverage. Given his salary, he had been an obvious target for release.

29 responses to “Vikings are releasing Xavier Rhodes

  1. That is such a shame. Until Xavier, the Vikings hadn’t had a real cover corner (no offense to ‘Toine but he was a hitter, not a cover guy) since Dewayne Washington in 1994. Rhodes was a breath of fresh air.

    I wonder what the heck happened. I hope he comes back on a better deal if he’s salvageable.

  2. Throwing a fit while desperately trying to blame somebody else for getting burnt on national television, twice, will get you extra consideration when a team is looking to to pare down.

  3. They are releasing Linval Joseph too which is an even bigger loss. That’s what happens when you give a mediocre quarterback over 30 million dollars a year

  4. Rhodes was the worst player on the Viking’s defense last year. The fact he made the pro-bowl just demonstrates what a joke the pro bowl has become.

  5. He used to be a top notch corner. Now he seems washed up at a relatively early age

  6. Dude had a couple solid years, really became a liability, especially after getting paid.

  7. The ‘vaunted Viking defense’, so called best in the league, is looking quite fractured now.

  8. The Vikings are cooked, they missed their window two years ago if not sooner.

  9. I don’t know what the second the comment is talking about, Antoine Winfield could cover anybody. In my opinion he was top 10 cover corner up until the very end. Add in his top-notch tackling and awareness, he was a top 5

  10. Well, this Rhodes apparently closed.
    Too bad, I’m really going to miss his limping act whenever he gets burned.

  11. Did he throw a fit and blame somebody else for his poor cover abilities like usual

  12. The limping, the missed tackles, the blown coverage was all play acting by Rhodes. He wants out of this world-class train wreck!

  13. Wait? What? Cap strapped? We were told by Vikings nation they could sign Cousins, the entire defense and the rest of the world with no problem. What happened?

  14. Rhodes seem to perfect the art of holding until the refs woke up and started to call it. After that, he became a liabiility and $9.8 million is alot to spend on a sub par player. The only difference between his contract and Cousin’s contract is that Cousins in guaranteed so the Vikings are forced to eat Cousins’ contract.

  15. artic19 says:
    Perfect fit for the Packers, always blaming someone else
    **********
    I’d take him on the cheap,… but he’d be a slot corner or dime db.

  16. Ill tell ya what. Eagles should consider making him a 1yr prove it deal with a mutual option of year 2. Give him a chance to either sink or swim and build his value back, cannot be any worse then what we dealt with for awhile now.

  17. Wait? What? Cap strapped? We were told by Vikings nation they could sign Cousins, the entire defense and the rest of the world with no problem. What happened?

    ____

    They just cut a 30 yr old CB and a 31 yr old DT and saved $19 million in cap space.

  18. Miami should make a reasonable move to land him. I don’t think he’ll break the bank and Miami has plenty of bank.

  19. joker65 says:
    March 14, 2020 at 6:45 am
    Wait? What? Cap strapped? We were told by Vikings nation they could sign Cousins, the entire defense and the rest of the world with no problem. What happened?

    ____

    They just cut a 30 yr old CB and a 31 yr old DT and saved $19 million in cap space.
    ________

    And they are also carrying over 7 million in dead money, and trust me, the bloodshed isn’t over yet.

  20. Totally agree, only want him if the money is right

    st0n3r78 says:
    March 14, 2020 at 2:22 am
    Ill tell ya what. Eagles should consider making him a 1yr prove it deal with a mutual option of year 2. Give him a chance to either sink or swim and build his value back, cannot be any worse then what we dealt with for awhile now.

  21. People have really reacted to his sideline frustration, but that is what it was, frustration. He knew he was expected to do more and knew his salary and seniority demanded it and yet the harder he tried the more he failed. I feel bad for the guy because he tumbled so quickly but regardless he can’t play at the level he needs too anymore. Maybe he needs to work a lot harder in the off season or maybe he needs to retire, but no matter which, now he needs to go.

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