Some players are very vocal in their disdain for former franchises after being released or traded. Just search “Leonard Fournette” on Google and see what pops up. However, Xavier Rhodes had nothing bad to say about his former team when asked on Tuesday.
Rhodes was released by the Vikings in March, and he signed a new deal with the Indianapolis Colts a few weeks later. He was asked about his thoughts on his release from Minnesota before the Vikings and Colts clash this weekend, and he was very positive.
“It’s all love,” Rhodes said, via the Colts’ website. “I was there for seven years. It was a brotherhood when I was there, and it’s still a brotherhood to this day. So it’s going to be good going against those guys.”
Rhodes was drafted by the Vikings in the first round of the 2013 draft, and he played in 104 games for Minnesota, starting in 97 of them. Rhodes’ best season with Minnesota was 2016 where he intercepted five passes, including a 100-yard pick six against Arizona in week 11.
In his first game with the Colts, Rhodes had a few miscues that proved to be determining factors in Indy’s week one loss to Jacksonville. He recorded a pair of tackles, but he was also matched up with Keelan Cole when Cole caught a 22-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that put the Jags up for good.
While it may be “all love” between Rhodes and the Vikings ahead of week two, Rhodes is obviously going to do his best to show his former team that he can be a difference maker on defense.
“When I was practicing against those guys when I was there, we were competing each and every play so it’s going to be the same right there on the field,” Rhodes said. “But I’m going to be able to tackle them this time.”