The Jets made a solid move on Wednesday, signing safety Kerry Rhodes to a contract extension that will keep him in green for the next five years. Reports say that the deal is worth $33.5 million, $20 mil of which is guaranteed. The deal means that Rhodes is one of the NFL’s highest-paid safeties. He had one year left on his original rookie deal.
Rhodes will be entering his fourth season, and in an offseason where the Jets have been as aggressive as anyone with signing players, it was important for them to get Rhodes in the fold. He would have been an unrestricted free agent in 2009 if not signed before then. In his three seasons with the Jets, he has 270 tackles with 10 picks and eight sacks. He was the teams fourth round pick in 2005 out of Louisville. The safety was due to make only $927,000 this season.
Reports say with this deal done, the Jets may actually try to save some cash, as they will look to trade down to the 10-15 range in the draft later this month, saving money and acquiring extra picks if they can find a partner to dance with. That won’t be so easy.