The Colts addressed almost every offseason need through the first two weeks of free-agency. One of those was in the secondary, and new details have emerged regarding Xavier Rhodes’ contract.
Rhodes signed a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts after being released by the Vikings. Following multiple years amongst the best cornerbacks in the NFL, Rhodes struggled mightily over the past two seasons.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Xavier Rhodes contract is almost entirely incentive based.
Rhodes ranked in the bottom 10 of all cornerbacks in completion percentage allowed and quarterback rating in 2019. Furthermore, Rhodes has been flagged for an NFL-high 51 penalties for holding and pass interference since 2013.
Before the details of his one-year deal came out, it was already a low-risk, high-reward contract for the Colts. Now, it makes even more sense.
Because of injury and declining play over the past two seasons, a fresh start and one-year ‘tryout’ should allow the Colts to get the most out of the 29-year-old defensive back.
Ready to prove himself and get his career back on track, this contract makes sense for both sides. If he can get back to even half of the player he was in 2016 and 2017, both sides will reap the benefits.
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