Despite the rest of the sporting world suspending or canceling their respective seasons and tournaments, the NFL is rolling on.
Earlier this week, a report suggested the NFL would not move back the start of the league year despite coronavirus concerns. With the new league year just a few days away, NFL teams have just a few days to make important roster decisions.
The first major decision was made on Friday afternoon when the Minnesota Vikings announced a change to the roster. Minnesota announced it released former star corner Xavier Rhodes.
Unfortunately for Rhodes, the move was expected after he suffered through a tough 2019 season. The move clears nearly $8 million in cap space heading into the 2020 season.
“The Minnesota Vikings on Friday terminated the contracts of veteran defensive tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Xavier Rhodes,” the team said in a statement.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 13, 2020
At one point during his career, Rhodes was heralded as the best corner in the NFL.
He was named to the All-Pro team in 2017 and made three Pro Bowls during his career with the Vikings.
Although he made the Pro Bowl in 2019, his actual play didn’t live up to expectations. The Vikings decided now was the right time to part ways.
He can still return to the team, but on a cheaper deal.