Written By: Adam Poedubicky

According to league sources, the New York Jets have traded safety Kerry Rhodes to the Arizona Cardinals for two draft picks. Rhodes has been a starter for the New York Jets at safety since he was drafted in the fourth round in 2005. His marquee year was 2006, where he was an All-Pro selection, where he logged 99 tackles, 5 sacks, and 4 interceptions. For his services, the Cardinals gave up a 4th round pick in this year’s draft (127th overall) and a 7th round pick in the 2011 draft.

Analysis:

Another great offseason move by the New York Jets. This year, Rhodes was a shell of his former self, eventually being taken out of the starting lineup for Eric Smith. From a financial standpoint, you don’t want to owe a backup safety a $2 million roster bonus. If the New York Jets weren’t paying $3 million to keep Thomas Jones, they certainly weren’t spending $2 million on Rhodes. The 4th round pick has great value and can be used to bolster the already impressive defense. With Jim Leonard already having one of the safety spots locked down, expect Smith to compete for the starting role with at this point, what should be their first round selection, safety Taylor Mays out of Southern Cal. Also, they could trade up, as they have in the past, and attempt to pick up Earl Thomas out of Texas.

This trade isn’t completely one-sided. The ArizonaCardinals were in desperate need of safety help after Antrel Rolle was released and subsequently picked up by the New York Giants. Rhodes certainly isn’t the player Rolle is, but he is a temporary solution. This is a good move by the New York Jets.

How do you feel about this move? Who would you like to see as the starting safeties next year for the New York Jets?