Moving quickly to compensate for the departure of Antrel Rolle, the Cardinals announced they have agreed in principle to acquire S Kerry Rhodes from the Jets in exchange for Arizona's fourth-round selection in the 2010 NFL draft and seventh-round draft choice in 2011. Rhodes spent the first five years of his career with the Jets after being selected in the fourth-round (123rd overall) of the 2005 NFL draft out of Louisville. He started 78-of-80 regular-season games and has collected 411 tackles (313 solos), 15 interceptions, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 43 passes defensed and nine sacks.
This past season, Rhodes had 62 tackles (48 solos), three interceptions, 13 passes defensed and one fumble recovery while starting in 14 of 16 games for a Jets defense that ranked first in the league in total yards allowed and against the pass. He also started all three postseason games for the Jets and was a big factor in the team's advancement to the AFC Championship game.
"We all know that the safety position was a hole we needed to fill," said Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt of Rolle's signing with the Giants, which made him the league's highest-paid safety. "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."