Former Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes will sign a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts, according to ESPN.
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 difficult 2019 season.
Former Vikings’ All-Pro CB Xavier Rhodes is signing a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts, @ShahSportsGroup tells ESPN. Rhodes will be a free agent again after 2020 season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2020
Rhodes will turn 30 in June and leaves the Vikings having picked off 10 passes and broken up 73 more in 104 games (97 starts) over seven seasons. The Vikings released him, along with defensive tackle Linval Joseph, on March 13.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection and first-team All-Pro pick in 2017, Rhodes will have the ability to test the free agent market next offseason. Rhodes would have carried a $12.9 million cap hit for the Vikings in 2020 and was under contract through 2022. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler did tweet that the Vikings attempted to bring back Rhodes but he declined to return.
Was told despite Xavier Rhodes' release from Minnesota before free agency, Vikings recently made an offer to bring him back. But Rhodes opts for the fresh start, as @AdamSchefter reports he's headed to the Colts on a one-year deal.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 26, 2020
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