If healthy, Xavier Rhodes would provide a significant upgrade to the Chicago Bears secondary.
While the Chicago Bears’ defensive unit did impress under first-year head coach Sean Desai last season, the team had question marks in the secondary throughout the entire season. Second-year cornerback Jaylon Johnson proved that he is capable of being a lockdown cornerback and able to go up against the top tier wide receivers in the NFL but the Bears often had no help for Johnson on the other side of the defense.
While Thomas Graham Jr did impress during the final three weeks of the 2021 regular season, if the Bears are planning on contending next season, it seems unlikely that they will enter the season with Graham starting on the opposite side of Johnson. On defense, the priority this off-season should be adding a veteran cornerback that can be paired with Johnson.
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Xavier Rhodes is set to become a free agent once the new league year starts in March and he may be an ideal target for the Bears. Injuries limited Rhodes to only 13 games this season and he was not all that impactful as he only had 1 interception while allowing 13.8 yards per completion.
If the Colts decide to move on Rhodes, he can be an intriguing low-risk, high-reward type signing. Prior to his time with the Colts. Rhodes spent seven seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. In those seven seasons, Rhodes earned three pro-bowl selections and one selection to the First Team AP All-Pro. Even with Rhodes having regressed from his pro-bowl form, he still would be an upgrade for the Bears in their secondary.