Antrel Rolle will not be coming back to the Cardinals after the safety inked with the Giants, but it only took the team a short period of time to find his replacement. Saturday the Cards made a deal with the New York Jets, obtaining safety Kerry Rhodes for a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft and a seventh-rounder in 2011.
Rhodes is expected to move into the starting spot opposite All-Pro Adrian Wilson that was vacated when Rolle left to join the Giants on Friday after the Cards last week released him.
HHe fits a lot of the things that we do defensively,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said in a statement, “and the prospect of having him alongside a perennial All-Pro like Adrian Wilson is very exciting.”
The Jets received Arizona’s original pick in the fourth round; the Cardinals acquired another Friday night from Baltimore in exchange for wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
The deal came a day after Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said he expected Rhodes to participate in the offseason program in a few weeks, and play in New York this year and beyond “unless something changes.”
Rhodes has four years left on his contract and was due a $2 million roster bonus next week. Expected to be one of the standouts on coach Rex Ryan’s defense last year, Rhodes struggled and even lost his starting job.
“We all know that the safety position was a hole we needed to fill,” Whisenhunt said. “To be able to do that so quickly and with a proven starter off the NFL’s No. 1 defense is a tremendous positive for our football team. Kerry has the experience and ability to step in right away.”