Former Vikings All-Pro cornerback lands with Colts

AP source Colts continue building defense by signing Rhodes

Report: Former Vikings All-Pro cornerback lands with Colts

The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent cornerback Xavier Rhodes on Thursday, adding another potentially key piece to their defense.

The Colts will add a longtime starter to their cornerback corps. They only had about $28 million in salary-cap space before signing Rhodes and Sheldon Day on Wednesday. Rhodes will join a cornerback contingent that houses Rock Ya-Sin and standout slot man Kenny Moore.

Rhodes, who turns 30 on June 19, is being reunited with a couple of coaches from Minnesota. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler did tweet that the Vikings attempted to bring back Rhodes but he declined to return.

The seven-year veteran has spent his entire career with Minnesota after the Vikings took him in the first round of the 2013 draft.

Rhodes, who was the 25th pick in the 2013 draft by the Vikings, became one of the NFL's top cornerbacks in Minnesota but his play declined the past two years and he had an especially hard 2019 season. He earned first-team All-Pro acclaim that season, which came after a Pro Bowl 2016 when the Florida State product intercepted five passes. But the same inconsistency that plagued Rhodes early in his National Football League career returned in 2018, along with injuries. Ahead of the 2019 season, coach Mike Zimmer said the cornerback needed to "play up to that contract" but dismissed the notion that Rhodes had lost athletic ability. But if they feel a prospect like Trevon Diggs or Damon Arnette is worth a second-round pick, then the signing of Rhodes won't keep them from selecting those players.

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