Kerry Rhodes is no longer a Jet.
Barely 24 hours after GM Mike Tannenbaum told us that he expected Rhodes to be with the team and participating in the offseason conditioning program "unless something changes," apparently something changed.
The Jets sent Rhodes, who was due a $2 million roster bonus March 12, to the Cardinals in exchange for a fourth-round pick in next month's draft and a seventh-round pick in 2011. Rhodes' arrival in the desert helps the Cardinals soften the blow of losing S Antrel Rolle to the Giants yesterday.
Rhodes fell out of favor with the coaching staff after he didn't see eye-to-eye with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Rex Ryan was also a little bothered that Rhodes didn't take full advantage of the wealth of knowledge offered up by defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman. Rhodes lost his starting job Nov. 24, saying he felt like a little kid in timeout. But he eventually regained his starting role in the base defense and played well down the stretch.
After taking time to think about things following their loss to the Colts in the AFC Championship game, Rhodes said he wanted to be back with the team.
"To be honest, I really do want to be here. This is where I want to be, this is New York," he said on SNY's "Wheelhouse" on Jan. 27. "This is the team that gave me my first shot. I mean, a fourth-rounder. A lot of people passed up on me coming out but they gave me the shot. They gave me the big contract here. So I want to be here and all the fans know I want to be here. I'm just letting the fans know I do want to be here. I want to end my career here, end my career as a Jet.
"But sometimes circumstances happen, so there's going to be a little bit of talk between us over the next couple of weeks. But I want to be here and the team wants me to be here. So we'll see."
Now, he's in a different conference altogether and a member of the Cardinals.
"We all know that the safety position was a hole we needed to fill,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “To be able to do that so quickly and with a proven starter off the NFL's No. 1 defense is a tremendous positive for our football team. Kerry has the experience and ability to step in right away. He fits a lot of the things that we do defensively and the prospect of having him alongside a perennial all-pro like Adrian Wilson is very exciting."