Former Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes during last season's NFC Wild Card game against the Saints. Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts are adding a veteran starter to their defense. Former Vikings standout cornerback Xavier Rhodes has agreed to a one-year deal, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (tweet).

A recent Vikings cap casualty, Rhodes secured a Colts contract Thursday in a bid to re-establish his value. The stock of the seven-year veteran has dipped considerably since he signed an extension in Minnesota in  2017. Rhodes, 30 in June, struggled for most of last season.

The Vikings, who used a 2013 first-round pick on Rhodes, gave him a five-year, $70M pact in the summer of 2017. He earned first-team All-Pro acclaim that season, which came after a Pro Bowl 2016, when the Florida State product intercepted five passes. The Colts will aim to bring Rhodes closer to his top level next season.

Despite being voted to the Pro Bowl as an alternate last season, Rhodes allowed a 127.8 passer rating. The Vikings cut him despite three seasons remaining on his contract.

The Rhodes addition comes less than a week after the Colts cut cornerback Pierre Desir a year after extending him. Rhodes will join a cornerback contingent that includes Rock Ya-Sin and standout slot man Kenny Moore.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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