Cornerback, Minnesota Vikings
If you’re one of the many people that believe Pro Bowl nods are more about reputation than performance, you need only point to Xavier Rhodes‘ 2019 campaign as evidence of that.
Rhodes made the Pro Bowl last season. But he wasn’t very good at all. In fact, Rhodes had his worst season to date. He allowed 59 catches on 70 targets for a passer rating of 127.8 on those throws.
Simply put, that’s not good. Yet because Rhodes was a former All-Pro talent, he made it into the Pro Bowl based on reputation.
Pro Bowl-bashing aside, it’s possible that Rhodes regressed last year. It’s also possible that he was a bit banged-up and that’s the reason that he struggled and was a step slow last year. He tackled well last year, 63 tackles and just five missed, so at least he has some of his solid skills left.
Perhaps with a change of scenery, Rhodes could work out as an outside starter again. After all, he was a first-team All-Pro back in 2017 and this upcoming season will only be his age-30 season. So, he may still have a couple of good seasons left in the tank.
However, the Redskins are probably not the right team for Rhodes. They had a similar situation when they signed Josh Norman and while they got two quality seasons out of him, he regressed rapidly after that and his contract became an issue. That said, unless Rhodes is coming on a cheap one-year deal, it makes more sense for the Redskins to target some of the other options that are available right now.