Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes could be a cap casualty
Xavier Rhodes used to be one of the top cornerbacks in the entire NFL for the Minnesota Vikings. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and Rhodes has seemingly started to fall off a bit. This season, fans ripped on Rhodes all season long and many think he could be gone this coming offseason.
According to a report from Chris Tomasson of TwinCities.com, Rhodes could end up being a cap casualty this offseason. That means that the Vikings would release him to free up some cap space for the offseason.
Rhodes, 29, whose play has slipped significantly since being named all-pro in 2017, likely won’t return. Griffen, 32, won’t be back unless he takes a significant pay cut.
Needless to say, Rhodes likely will not be willing to take a major pay cut to remain with the Vikings. It would be smarter for him to hit the open free agency market and convince another team to pay him what he wants. Many teams would love to give Rhodes another chance to prove himself.
During the 2019 season with the Vikings in 15 games, Rhodes ended up compiling 63 total tackles to go along with a forced fumble and six defended passes. He didn’t record a single interception in the season. That is very uncharacteristic of Rhodes.
At 29 years old, time may be passing Rhodes by. There is a chance that age is becoming a factor and that he will never become a true No. 1 cornerback again. However, there is also a chance that a change of scenery and patience could net a team a very good cornerback.
Expect to hear more about Rhodes this offseason, as the Vikings have a very tough decision to make.