New York Jets have apparently had it with safety Kerry Rhodes and his struggles from last year. The New York Jets had stressed that he wouldn’t be traded this off season unless “something changed.” Well that change came in the package of a 4th and 7th rounder from the Arizona Cardinals. The 4th round pick will be part of this year’s draft, and the 7th rounder will come from the 2011 draft. There is no question that Rhodes is a great football player, but his desire and motivation have been questioned on the field. He however did play well down the stretch for the Jets, and Cardinals fans have to hope that he will come ready to play in 2010.
Kerry Rhodes is expected to move into the starting spot opposite all-pro Adrian Wilson with the Cardinals.
The New York Jets had no choice but to get rid of Rhodes after last season’s atrocious output. Expected to be a leader on the Jet’s potent defense, he didn’t draw a turnover in the first 11 games and looked anemic through the first half of the season. He now has a chance to turn that all around and try to help Arizona to another NFC West division title. If the Cardinals get the Rhodes of old, there is no question that this guy will make a big impact on the Cardinals NFL odds for next season, and might end up making even more plays than Rolle.
Either way the Cardinals only gave up a fourth round pick for Rhodes, so if it doesn’t work out its not the end of the world. While Rhodes is a nice addition, I don’t think that the Cardinals will have enough to make it back to the postseason in 2010, especially without retired quarterback Kurt Warner.