What will Xavier Rhodes do for the Colts in 2020?

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The Colts made a couple of uncharacteristic moves during the first week of free agency, plunking down big money for quarterback Philip Rivers and giving up a first-round pick (and plunking down big money) for defensive tackle DeForest Buckner. This week, they went bargain shopping for cornerback Xavier Rhodes.

So what will Rhodes do for the Colts? A first-round pick in 2013, Rhodes had some very good years and, more recently, some not-so-good years with the Vikings. He has a history of locking down the likes of Julio Jones. More recently, Rhodes had become a penalty magnet and a source of regular frustration for coach Mike Zimmer.

Rhodes nevertheless made it, somehow, to the Pro Bowl in 2019.

The Vikings reportedly had hoped to bring him back at a lesser salary after cutting him before the start of the league year, but he opted for a one-year, $5 million deal with the Colts. It will be interesting to see what he does in Indy, especially when facing the Vikings, which the Colts are scheduled to do in 2020.

When Rhodes sees his former teammates, he may not recognize many of the defensive backs. Cornerbacks Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander have left Minnesota for Cincinnati, and safety Andrew Sendejo has signed with the Browns. Franchise-tagged safety Anthony Harris reportedly is available via trade.

20 responses to “What will Xavier Rhodes do for the Colts in 2020?

  1. A lot of holding penalties, pass interference, and high completion percentages.

  2. A whole lot nothing. Love how the Colts do this to themselves. Can’t wait for the media to tell us how great of a GM Ballard is again.

    lmao

  3. Throw his helmet into the sideline equipment and look for someone to blame for the 40 yard completion he just gave up.

  4. I would not have brought him back for vet minimum, let alone $5 mil. He wore out his welcome. Cutting him might have been the easiest decision any NFL team has ever made.

  5. Xavier is quite happy to get out of Minnie. That is a common theme.

    The Colts add a experienced vet for depth. This is a win for Xavier and the Colts.

  6. Unfortunately for the Colts, they are about to find out that Father Time has arrived for Rhodes Closed. He was great in his prime, but he clearly has lost a step by the amount of pad he gives on WR’s. He’d make a great “big-nickel” on TE’s or maybe safety in pass coverage.

    The last 2 years were a tough sight to see, given how great of a shutdown corner he once was. What exacerbated the situation were the elements noted above: lot of holding penalties, pass interference & high completion percentages. Those were annoying.

    But the fake hammy pulls & excessive frustration on the sidelines was cringe-worthy absurd. Especially, the Deonte Harris completion in the Saints playoff game. Harrison Smith CLEARLY moved up to mark a WR, so the “where was my safety help” attempt to make a play where he clearly got burnt & hip-turned into looking like a “miscue” was a joke.

    Tre Waynes got $42 for 3 years & $15M guaranteed vs. $5M for 1 year is a pretty big delta.

    Rhodes was great, now the Colts are just hoping he is okay to play.

  7. He’ll probably do fine……for one year. A lightbulb burns brightest just before it burns out. A pen writes the smoothest just before it runs out of ink. A car runs the strongest just before it runs out of gas. You catch my drift. Good move by the Vikings.

  8. Xavier played well in the playoffs. Maybe the change in scenery help Xavier out. Good luck wit the Colts.

  9. Was once a great player, yet the last two years have amply demonstrated that his body just isn’t there any more. Yet if he succeeds next year with the Colts, I will be happy for both him and the Colts. He may be an emotional drama queen on game day, but was good guy and a good teammate for the Vikings.

  10. He’ll start at corner. He has to, because the Colts made the decision to let Pierre Desir walk. They effectively chose Rhodes over Desir. They have to try and make it work now.

    If Rhodes continues to decline (or, at the very least, does not begin to return to his previous form), the Colts will try him at safety (which will be awkward given their already established players at that position like Malik Hooker and the fact that he has not played safety before-just because a formerly good corner slows down does mean that he can suddenly play safety). If that does not work, he will have to be a reserve until the Colts cut him or let his contract lapse.

    Rhodes will start at corner. The particulars of the deal dictate that. They will try to find a role for him in the secondary as a nickel or safety if that does not work to try and salvage the deal. If Rhodes is unable to do that, he will be eventually released.

  11. freefromwhatyouare says:
    March 27, 2020 at 12:33 pm
    Xavier is quite happy to get out of Minnie. That is a common theme.
    The Colts add a experienced vet for depth. This is a win for Xavier and the Colts.
    ———-
    What a clown – he cries the Vikings are irrelevant and will never comment on them again. Oddly you make your first ever comments on Colts and Bills stories this last week.

  12. RMoss84HOF says:
    March 27, 2020 at 8:38 pm
    freefromwhatyouare says:
    March 27, 2020 at 12:33 pm
    Xavier is quite happy to get out of Minnie. That is a common theme.
    The Colts add a experienced vet for depth. This is a win for Xavier and the Colts.
    ———-
    What a clown – he cries the Vikings are irrelevant and will never comment on them again. Oddly you make your first ever comments on Colts and Bills stories this last week.
    ——–
    He is a Packer fan. shame on you for expecting any different.

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