Rhodes is signing a one-year contract with Indianapolis, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
A 2013 first-round pick, Rhodes started 97 of 104 games for Minnesota the past seven seasons, earning Pro Bowl nods in 2016, 2017 and 2019. The last one was solely a product of name recognition, as Rhodes became a major liability in coverage and finished the 2019 campaign with zero interceptions and six pass defenses in 15 games. The Vikings cut him two weeks ago, backing out after the third season of a five-year, $70.1 million contract. The soon-to-be 30-year-old now has a nice opportunity to revive his career in Indianapolis, where the recent release of Pierre Desir leaves a vacancy at one of the starting cornerback spots. Given the current roster construction, the favorites for CB snaps in Indianapolis are Rhodes, Kenny Moore (ankle) and Rock Ya-Sin, though only Moore appears truly locked in.
The Vikings released Rhodes on Friday, Mike Tannenbaum of ESPN reports.
Rhodes was scheduled to draw a salary of $10.5 million in 2020, and his release instead frees up $7.5 million in much-needed cap space for Minnesota. A former shutdown cornerback, Rhodes saw his coverage efficiency take a significant step back in 2019. The career-high 63 tackles (54 solo) he accumulated across 15 regular-season contests last season, despite providing a welcome boost to his IDP value, serve as an indication of opposing teams' increasing willingness to target Rhodes in the passing game. Expect the 29-year-old to command significant interest as a free agent, but his best days may be behind him.
Rhodes recorded 63 tackles (54 solo), six pass breakups and one forced fumble across 15 regular-season contests in 2019. He added 10 tackles (seven solo) and two pass breakups in the Vikings' two playoff games.
The veteran cornerback set a career high in tackles in 2019 as opposing teams became more willing to throw his way, a statistic representative of Rhodes' diminishing effectiveness in coverage. The Vikings could save up to $10.5 million in 2020 should they elect to cut Rhodes loose.
Rhodes (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Rhodes saw limited playing time during Week 15's win over the Chargers due to a calf injury, but he now appears back to full health. Barring any setbacks, the veteran cornerback looks set for his usual key role in Minnesota's secondary during Monday's crucial contest against the Packers.
Rhodes' playing time was limited during Sunday's win over the Chargers due to a calf injury, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Rhodes briefly exited Sunday's contest due to a calf injury and was deemed questionable to return, but he managed to retake the field to start the second half. The veteran cornerback was still limited at that point, though, and he finished the contest with a single solo tackle on a season-low 14 defensive snaps (23 percent). As long as Rhodes is limited or unable to go, Mike Hughes stands to play an expanded role in Minnesota's secondary.
Rhodes (calf) is back on the field to start the second half, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Rhodes was deemed questionable to return after exiting with the injury during the first half, but he's ready to go after receiving some treatment.
Rhodes suffered a calf injury during Sunday's game against the Chargers, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Rhodes had one solo tackle prior to going down with the injury. In the meantime, Mike Hughes should see an increased role at cornerback.
Rhodes (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Rhodes will avoid missing his first game of the season, and he's expected to resume his starting cornerback role. There have been concerns about Rhodes in coverage this year, as he's allowed 9.7 yards per target and four touchdowns.
Rhodes (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Chargers.
Rhodes is nursing an ankle injury picked up during Week 14's tilt against the Lions. He looks on track to suit up in Los Angeles on Sunday, though Mackensie Alexander and Mike Hughes could see increased snaps if the veteran cornerback is limited at all.
Rhodes (ankle) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
A limited designation this early in the week isn't at all surprising for Rhodes, who should remain on track to gear up Sunday against the Chargers as long as he avoids any setbacks.
Coach Mike Zimmer said Rhodes (ankle) should be able to play Week 15 against the Chargers, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Rhodes left this past Sunday's 20-7 win over the Lions in the third quarter and ended up with just 29 of 65 defensive snaps (41 percent). The veteran cornerback will likely be monitored closely during the upcoming practice week. Rhodes has struggled at times in coverage this year, allowing 9.7 yards per target and four touchdowns. If he's unable to play against the Chargers, Mackensie Alexander and Mike Hughes (oblique), if healthy, will see hefty upticks in usage.
Rhodes (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Lions.
Rhodes picked up the injury in the third quarter, when he was clipped by Harrison Smith on his interception. As long as Rhodes is sidelined, look for Mike Hughes and Mackensie Alexander to see an uptick in snaps.
Rhodes has passed concussion protocol testing and is cleared to return to Thursday's game against Washington, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
Rhodes will return to the action following a brief stint in the medical tent after he lowered his helmet tackling Jeremy Sprinkle. However, the head injury will be something to take into account when the team returns to practice next week.
Rhodes is being evaluated for a concussion, and his return to Thursday's game against the Redskins is considered questionable.
Rhodes had to go to the medical tent after lowering his helmet in an attempt to tackle tight end Jeremy Sprinkle. Losing the star cornerback for any prolonged period would be a massive blow to Minnesota's defense.
Rhodes finished Sunday's loss to the Bears with eight tackles (seven solo) and a pass deflection.
Still without an interception in 2019, Rhodes remains a solid option in IDP formats. His eight tackles at Soldier Field were a season-high. Looking ahead, he and the Vikings will play the Giants in Week 5 and need to get back on track following a tough divisional loss to the Bears.
Rhodes had seven total tackles, a tackle for a loss and a pass defensed in Sunday's win over Atlanta.
After an underwhelming season in 2018, Rhodes is back to his shutdown coverage ways. Rhodes covered Julio Jones on 70 percent of his snaps and limited him to one target and no receptions, according to Pro Football Focus.
Rhodes (groin) participated in the Vikings' June minicamp, Eric Smith of the team's official site reports.
This groin issue forced Rhodes to miss the team's 2018 finale against Chicago. It was just the latest of a laundry list of injuries he sustained last season, including ankle and foot problems as well as two separate hamstring issues. Regardless, Rhodes only missed two contests last season and racked up 47 tackles (41 solo), seven pass breakups and an interception.
Rhodes (groin) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Bears.
The designation comes as somewhat of a surprise, given that Rhodes has toughed out a variety of injuries this season and that the game holds considerable importance for the Vikings' postseason hopes. The shutdown corner's absence leaves Mackensie Alexander to start opposite Tre Waynes versus Chicago.
Rhodes (groin) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Rhodes continues to manage a groin issue sustained during last week's win over the Lions and will attempt to play through the injury for Sunday's must-win game against the Bears. Mackensie Alexander would slot into the starting lineup if Rhodes were to miss any time.
Rhodes (groin) did not practice Thursday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Rhodes sustained a groin injury during last week's win over Detroit, and he hasn't participated in practice since. The veteran will make every effort to suit up for Sunday's divisional tilt against the Bears, as it amounts to a must-win game for the Vikings. However, if Rhodes were to miss any time, expect Mackensie Alexander to draw the start at right cornerback.
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