Former FSU standout cornerback Xavier Rhodes sees his NFL career continue after signing a contract with the Indianapolis Colts.
Xavier Rhodes was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft with the No. 25 overall pick.
He was one of Jimbo Fisher’s greatest moves in terms of players switching positions. Rhodes came to FSU football as a three-star wide receiver before Fisher convinced him to switch to defensive back.
At FSU, Rhodes was ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2010 and First-Team ACC in 2012.
He was with the Vikings his entire career but was released a few days ago. Rhodes wasn’t on the market long, as it was announced Thursday afternoon he signed a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.
Rhodes had an excellent career with the Vikings, making three Pro Bowls and was named an All-Pro cornerback in 2017.
However, it was clear he had lost a step even though he was named to the Pro Bowl this past season. He’ll be 30 years old in June, but could still be a valuable piece in the right system.
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
The good thing for Rhodes is this allows him to have a bounce-back season in 2020. He may have a good season and get something like a two-year deal afterward considering his age as a defensive back.
It’s also possible he could extend his career by transitioning to safety after this season as he’s always been physical and a good tackler.
It’s a good deal for the Colts as Rhodes will only be making around 5 million for the one year contract according to SI.com.
Here’s to hoping Rhodes can prove last year was a down year while being able to get one more nice contract before calling it a career.