Turns out Sheldon Richardson isn’t the only former Pro Bowler rated as a late free agent addition for the San Francisco 49ers, should the hunt for a late roster continue.
Even for the franchise that cemented one major position in this off-season with the signing of Charvarius Ward, the re-signing of Jason Verrett and the drafting of both Samuel Womack and Tariq Castro-Fields, there is still a belief that the 49ers can add another important piece to fully anchor the corner spot. .
Who is this defender? Mentioned by Joe Tansey from the Bleacher Report Wednesday, June 29th? It’s a three-time unsigned Pro Bowler.
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The back corner of the free agent is familiar with 1 49ers Defender
Xavier Rhodes is one linebacker who “might be worth a look” from the 49ers, writes Tansey.
Rhodes was last seen with the Indianapolis Colts, starting in 13 games and ending up hitting seven assists during a tackle in 39 tackles, 32 solo stops and one interception – which was opposite the ‘Niners.
Besides this score at Levi’s Court, he managed to pick six by:
He played at Colts High School which included signing another free agent 2022 for SF in 2020 Pro Bowler George Odum.
At the end of Rhodes, it wasn’t long before he imposed a dismal completion percentage on the quarterbacks who tested his team.
“Xavier Rhodes removed for one year having 51.9 achievement percentage against him,” Tansey wrote. “The former rib in Minnesota and Indianapolis could be worth a look to boost San Francisco’s depth into the center.”
Even with some changes through the free and draft dealer market, Tansy thinks that’s not enough.
“49 players signed Charvarius Ward in the off-season as their major defensive client, but the position can still be considered the biggest defensive weakness due to the lack of star strength,” said Tansy. “Emmanuel Moseley, Darqueze Dennard and others will be required to fill in the points behind Ward on the depth chart, but the team can use another veteran player to feel secure about a minor in a division with many talented wide receivers.”
Is there a place for Rhodes?
There was a time when the great Rhodes of Florida proved that Among the elite class of defenders to cover the league.
for every Pro Football reference, 6-foot-1, 218-pounder broke 10 to 18 passes in his first five seasons in the league with the Minnesota Vikings – 18 PBUs coming into his second season in the league. He also grabbed 10 of his 13 career interceptions in a Vikings uniform. The three Pro Bowl nods came in the Twin Cities.
But what could stop the 49ers from adding Rhodes?
“Omar Rhodes is his downside,” Tansey said. “At 32, he may not find many suitors before training camp, and smaller (free agent) options, such as Kevin King, Pierre Desir and Desmond Trufant, may be considered by the teams that preceded him.”
Tansey added that Rhodes had seen a drop in production in the breakup of passes and opposed the completion percentage class.
“The three-time Pro Bowler had 19 passes he defended in two seasons with the Colts. Tansey said he allowed a 60.7 completion percentage last season after a 51.9 per cent total in 2019.
But Rhodes has this on his side: It was no surprise that he attracted 49 veteran Pro Bowl players who were either approaching or were in their 30s. Notable names include Ferrett, Josh Norman, and Richard Sherman.
Plus, in a department with a wide Pro Bowl galore, that adds to the ultimate underlying reason why Rhodes has been rated as a potential late-night pick in the Bay Area.
“Rhodes could be a solid addition to the 49 pass coverage, and the signing could pay off for a team that needs a secondary to play well against the likes of Cooper Cope, DK Metcalfe and Daenerys Hopkins in eight games,” Tansey said.