The Jets traded safety Kerry Rhodes to the Arizona Cardinals for a 4th (Rhodes was a former 4th round pick) round pick in this year’s draft and a 7th round pick in the 2011 draft. Rhodes has four years left on his contract and a $2 million roster bonus due on Friday.
This past season he recorded a career low 55 tackles and did not intercept a pass until Week 12.
Rhodes will be replacing Antrel Rolle , who signed with the Giants last week. The Cardinals other starting safety (Adrian Wilson ) is the same height 6′3″.
The team’s new defensive backs coach is Donnie Henderson , who was a former Jets assistant under Herman Edwards .
In his second season in the league Rhodes had 99 tackles, five sacks, four interceptions, and three forced fumbles. However, his play has not been on the same level since his teammates have labeled him as “Hollywood” because of his off-the-field initiatives.
The Jets filled a need when they traded for cornerback Antonio Cromartie .
However, they have a hole at safety because Eric Smith is a restricted free agent. Smith started two games this past season because Head Coach Rex Ryan benched Rhodes due to his lackluster play. While Rhodes played better after the benching the Jets needed to go in another direction.
According to Mel Kiper Jr . here are the top safeties in the upcoming Draft:
Eric Berry , Earl Thomas, Taylor Mays , Morgan Burnett , Reshard Jones