Xavier Rhodes Has Perfect Response to Signing New Contract with Vikings

  • Xavier Rhodes Has Perfect Response to Signing New Contract with Vikings

Xavier Rhodes Has Perfect Response to Signing New Contract with Vikings

Due in large part to Rhodes' play against receivers like Odell Beckham Jr. and DeAndre Hopkins, only two National Football League defenses were better against the pass than the Vikings last season.

Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes has jumped up near the top of the list of best-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. "This year I'm trying to take it to a whole new level".

In Week 4, Rhodes held Giants receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., to a career-low 23 yards on just three catches. "He always told me that I have the athletic ability, but it's the knowledge part that I needed to gain".

Zimmer was asked about the significance of a corner like Rhodes. I'm going to continue to play my ball, be aggressive, be the guy to go out there and play at my best ability to lockdown the best receiver or whatever the coaches want me to do.

Rhodes is the second key defensive player the Vikings have given an extension in the past week.

Rhodes' extension effectively retains another piece of Minnesota's defense, coming four days after Everson Griffen also was signed to an extension.

Xavier Rhodes will be sticking around for a long time. This is another strategic plan that we put in place this offseason, knowing how many young guys we want to keep.

The Minnesota Vikings announced they agreed to a contract extension cornerback Xavier Rhodes on Sunday. Zimmer has built a once-mediocre defense into an elite unit, which makes it vital that they retain as many players as possible.

It wasn't just Rhodes that was excited about the new contract.