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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: February 12, 2020

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Today we look at Xavier Rhodes

NFL Pro Bowl Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Merry Wednesday, everyone!

The results of yesterday’s poll show that a majority of the wildly intelligent open thread crowd wish to keep Linval Joseph right here in Minnesota, and I agree.

  • 3% wish to keep him with his contract as it is
  • 61% want to keep him, but restructure his contract
  • 16% want the team to trade Linval
  • 19% think the team should release him
  • 1% do not know who Linval Joseph is

Today we’ll look at our CB1, and 2019 Pro-Bowl selection*, Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes was drafted by the Vikings in round one of the 2013 NFL draft, and has been with the team ever since then. Prior to this year, Rhodes was considered to be one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, but that status has slipped a bit in many folks’ minds after a less-than-stellar 2019, even with his selection to the Pro Bowl*.

Rhodes is currently under contract through 2022, he has a $12.9 million cap hit and carries a dead cap hit of $4.8 million in 2020, per spotrac. In 2021, those numbers will be $14.15 million/$2.4 million. Feel free to vote below.


Regarding Xavier Rhodes, what should the team do?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Keep him and his contract as-is
    (1 vote)
  • 26%
    Keep him, but try to restructure his contract
    (146 votes)
  • 43%
    Attempt to trade him
    (235 votes)
  • 27%
    Release him
    (152 votes)
  • 1%
    We need more smoker recipes. Now stop talking to me, I can’t hear the voices in my head.
    (10 votes)
544 votes total Vote Now

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Mr. Obvious came up with something different to discuss.

Other Vikings/NFL news, and random oddities and annoyances:

From the Detroit Free Press, Gary Kubiak never ‘lost the joy’ of calling plays. ranked every quarterback to start a game in 2019.

Quinton Dunbar is unhappy with his situation in Washington, and has asked to be traded or released, per Have a salt block nearby? Dunbar was PFF’s second-highest rated cornerback in 2019.

We come to today’s media selection:

After yesterday’s music conversation, I thought this was a fitting selection. Here’s some classic AC/DC, with Bon Scott at the lead vocals. Enjoy!

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With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, and try the liver and onions. HEY, I SAID TRY THE LIVER AND ONIONS!