With the free agency field drawing a bit thin, the Raiders have jumped in the mix according to sources with the signing of free agent back Dominic Rhodes. The former Colt joins the Raiders, who have failed awfully the past two seasons with Lamont Jordan as their feature running back. Rhodes comes to Oakland fresh off of being a big part of the Colts Super Bowl run just over a month ago, and could have easily been the MVP for his 100+ yard game and touchdown.
Reports say that the Rhodes deal is a two-year deal worth about $7.5 million. The first thought is that Jordan and Rhodes will split carries, with Jordan taking a pay cut this past week and reducing a roster bonus that was due him. Since coming to the Raiders from the Jets, Jordan had a 1,025 yard season his first year, but was hurt for nine games in 2006, and finished with just 434 yards.
The 28-year old Rhodes played in 71 games and had 27 starts for the Colts in his six years there. He competed with Joseph Addai for the starting job this past offseason, and eventually was replaced by Addai for good in the playoffs after starting all 16 regular season games. Rhodes had 550 carries for 2,274 yards aand 19 TD’s in his six years with Indy, and caught 90 passes for 649 yards and one touchdown.