Jets expect S Kerry Rhodes back this season
Jets safety Kerry Rhodes, whose future with the team was
uncertain, will receive his $2 million roster bonus next week and
remain in New York.
General manager Mike Tannenbaum said Friday he expects Rhodes to
participate in the offseason program in a few weeks, and play in
New York this year and beyond “unless something changes.”
When asked if he anticipated something changing, Tannenbaum
laughed and said he didn’t.
Rhodes has four years left on his contract, and there was
speculation he could be traded or cut if he refused to restructure
his contract. He was demoted earlier in the season after not seeing
eye-to-eye with coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike
Pettine, but responded with solid play during the team’s playoff
Rhodes, feeling disrespected, had been noncommittal about
whether he would want to return to the team but met with his
coaches and had a different outlook in the offseason.
“To be honest, I really do want to be here,” Rhodes said in an
interview with television station SportsNet New York in January.
“This is New York. This is the team that gave me my first shot.
They gave me the big contract. … I’m letting the fans know I do
want to be here to end my career as a Jet, but sometimes