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

run.

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

circumstances happen.”