Colts, CB Xavier Rhodes Agree To Deal

AP source Colts continue building defense by signing Rhodes

AP source Colts continue building defense by signing Rhodes

Former Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes will sign a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts, according to ESPN.

The Colts will add a longtime starter to their cornerback corps. They traded the No. 13 pick in this year's draft to San Francisco for defensive tackle DeForest Buckner on March 16 and then signed Sheldon Day to a one-year deal Wednesday.

A recent Vikings cap casualty, Rhodes secured a one-year Colts contract Thursday in a bid to re-establish his value. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler did tweet that the Vikings attempted to bring back Rhodes but he declined to return.

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Rhodes is coming off of a down year with the Minnesota Vikings, the team he has played for his entire career since being drafted No. 25 overall in the 2013 National Football League draft. The team will start three new cornerbacks in 2020 after Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander also exited in free agency.

Rhodes' struggles poured over into last season where he was flagged for 10 penalties, allowed a 127.8 passer rating into his coverage (fourth worst among all corners) and an 82% opponent completion percentage, per NFL Next Gen Stats (the second highest in the NFL among corners), and did not register an interception for the first time since 2013. He earned first-team All-Pro acclaim that season, which came after a Pro Bowl 2016 when the Florida State product intercepted five passes.

This Rhodes addition comes less than a week after the Colts cut Pierre Desir a year after extending him. Now they're adding a talented cornerback in Rhodes who, along with Rock Ya-Sin and Malik Hooker, will give the Colts an impressive defensive secondary.

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