Indianapolis Colts sign former Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl CB Xavier Rhodes

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The Indianapolis Colts moved quickly to find their replacement for Pierre Desir. Five days after releasing one of their starting cornerbacks, the Colts signed veteran Xavier Rhodes to a one-year deal, a person familiar with the move told the USA TODAY Network. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the signing was not yet official.

Like the Philip Rivers signing, Rhodes’ addition is grounded in previously built relationships. The ex-Vikings corner spent the first seven years of his career in Minnesota, a few of which were under the tutelage of Jonathan Gannon and Alan Williams, both now defensive backs coaches in Indianapolis. Williams, in fact, was the defensive coordinator when the Vikings selected Rhodes No. 25 overall in 2013, and Gannon was an assistant DBs coach during some of Rhodes’ peak seasons from 2014-17. 

The Vikings recently released Rhodes, despite the 29-year-old coming off the third Pro Bowl season of his career (he was an alternate). While Rhodes didn’t notch any interceptions in 15 starts last year, he…

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