Word outta Jets camp is safety Kerry Rhodes and head honcho Rex Ryan are not seeing eye to eye. Rhodes, a former All-Pro/Pro Bowl player, was demoted earlier in the ’09 season, but still logged 63 stops, three interceptions and 13 PDs in 14 starts.
A natural strong safety, Rhodes was moved to free safety and apparently struggled to adjust. The rift between he and the coaching staff could result in the organization not picking up a $2 million roster bonus due in March. If that happens, he’ll likely be looking for a new employer.
Might the Eagles be interested? Maybe. This reminds me of the Jason Peters situation in Buffalo. The only problem with Rhodes is that he’s kinda sorta like Sean Jones — a tall, rangy safety best suited to play in the box. Since Jones had difficulty grasping the defense, I’m not sure the Birds would take a chance on another player who doesn’t fit their scheme, especially if he can’t play free safety.
Bottom line: Rhodes is a talented player unhappy with his current team, while the Eagles are in need of help at safety. It would probably cost a mid-round pick to land him. With an uncapped year looming, anything is possible.