All-Star stuff? Xavier Rhodes somehow ends up heading to Pro Bowl

Xavier Rhodes’ struggles this season were well documented and have led to speculation that the cornerback has played his final game with the Vikings. On Tuesday, we found out that Rhodes will represent the Vikings in at least one more game as he was announced as one of five Pro Bowl replacements for  the NFC team in Sunday’s game in Orlando, Fla.

That’s right, Rhodes was picked to take the place of San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman in a game that is supposed to showcase the NFL’s all-stars. The Pro Football Focus grades below show what type of season Rhodes had but that was somehow good enough to get Rhodes put on the NFC roster.

Also picked as replacements were quarterback Kirk Cousins (for the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers), defensive end Everson Griffen (for the 49ers’ Nick Bosa); fullback C.J. Ham (for the 49ers’ Kyle Juszczyk); and linebacker Eric Kendricks (for Seattle’s Bobby Wagner).

Kendricks being left off the initial Pro Bowl roster was one of the biggest snubs in the NFL this season and that became even more clear after he was voted first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. This is Kendricks’ first career Pro Bowl selection.

Rhodes will become the third Vikings cornerback to make three Pro Bowl appearances, equaling Carl Lee (1988-90) and Antoine Winfield (2008-10).

Rhodes, who will turn 30 in June, has three years left on his contract and is due to make a base salary of $9.9 million in 2020. His salary cap hit would be $12.9 million with a dead cap hit of $4.8 million, if he is let go.  Rhodes was a first-round pick of the Vikings, 25th overall, in 2013.