It appears not one, but both of the Arizona Cardinals' starting safeties from last season will be looking for new teams. After releasing Adrian Wilson late last week, reports indicate that the Cardinals will also be releasing veteran safety Kerry Rhodes. Pro Football Talk was the first to report the news.
Cardinals are releasing S Kerry Rhodes, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 13, 2013
With Rhodes being cut, the Cardinals save $6 million in cap room as well as $6 million in cash, according to Darren Urban. Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic suggested that given the year Rhodes was coming off of, it is likely the Cardinals asked him to restructure or extend his deal into a new contract.
Many believed that the Cardinals were going to try to extend Rhodes and it was reported by Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 that the Cards were negotiating a two-year deal with him a couple of months back. Instead, they will look for another free agent or rookie in the draft to try and fill the large void Rhodes leaves behind. It appears that the Cardinals' starting secondary will look completely different next season. At this rate, Patrick Peterson better be concerned for his job (kidding).
Keep with us here on Revenge of the Birds as this story continues to develop.