Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes (25) celebrates a play against the Detroit Lions at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Is it Time to Bring an Old Friend Home to the New York Jets?

Aug 1, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets safety Dawan Landry (26) stretches during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

We know the big question that will continue to be addressed tonight, that being the quarterback position. However, one of the other major positions still left unsettled is safety. Specifically, who is going to start opposite Dawan Landry back there?

There are candidates back there in the form of Jaiquawn Jarrett, Antonio Allen, and Josh Bush. One week, Jarrett is with the ones, one week it’s Allen, and Bush is a little behind there. However, here is the question, what do the Jets do if nobody distinguishes themselves? What if nobody clearly earns the starting role? Then what do they do?

I have an idea. Maybe it is time to bring back an old friend.

There is a guy out there, unemployed. He knows our defensive system, as he was here at the beginning of Rex’s term in 2009. As a member of the Cardinals, he intercepted 4 passes, including 2 of them against the Jets last year. He recorded 11 passes defended last year, and 2 forced fumbles.

Rex Ryan saw a lot of potential in this guy, but they parted ways after the 2009 season. Have you figured out who I am talking about yet? If you haven’t, take a look:

That’s right. Kerry Rhodes. He is out there, unemployed. Why not bring him in for a tryout? Could it hurt?

For one, he is only 31 years old. It’s not like Kerry is at the end of his career, he is still in his prime. He is a veteran that has the ability to lead, but is still at an age where he can play at a high level. It’s also hard to imagine that he would require anyone to break the bank to sign him, being that he has been unemployed for almost the entire off-season.

Secondly, the guy knows Rex’s system. He was here in 2009, so he has been in this defense, and knows it first hand. He intercepted 3 passes in 2009 to go along with 13 passes defended, and 63 tackles. My point? He has played WELL in the system as well. He clearly has talent, we all know it. We all saw it.

Finally, just the IDEA of Rhodes working with the new and improved Antonio Cromartie is an exciting prospect. Cro, who is concentrating on being the good Cro, and an active ball hawk like Kerry Rhodes, back there together? It has great potential, don’t you think?

Yes, it didn’t end well here for Kerry. Rex had a problem with him, didn’t think of him as a real team guy. He seemed more preoccupied with being a celebrity than with being a football player. However, before that happened, even coach Ryan couldn’t deny his talent, saying he saw him as potentially another Ed Reed.

Why not bring him in for a tryout? If he looks good, bring him in for a low base salary with incentives for one year. If it works out, great! If not, you are no worse off than where they were before. I say give it a shot.

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  • Piazza31nyj

    Alan, I’m really glad you brought this up. I would LOVE for the Jets to bring back Kerry Rhodes. Unfortunately, they won’t. Rex Ryan ruined that idea and I don’t think Rex wants him back. What I really don’t understand is how is he still a free agent? I’m thinking the gms around the nfl know something we don’t or maybe it’s his baggage. I remember a story about him possibly being gay and I don’t think we need more drama here.

    • TheJetPress

      I totally agree that Rex won’t bring him back. He should, it wouldn’t hurt, but he won’t. His baggage must be an issue, it’s the only way to justify him still being unemployed.

  • Vincent Hall

    Sad to say, but it seems that ever since that guy “outed” him as being gay, no teams have really looked to sign him.

  • matr dontelli iii

    I would think the gay thing could be ignored if it weren’t for the circumstances surrounding his trade. Between that and Rex’s book I think it’s a long shot.

    • TheJetPress

      Unfortunately it’s probably true.

  • Bennny K

    Rhodes was no more a prima donna than Holmes and spent less time in the magazines than Sanchez. He can play ball and would be a starter when he walked onto the field. Rex is to big to bring him back .

    I was kinda scared you were going to say Smith.

    • matr dontelli iii

      Mehta or Cimini might say smith

    • TheJetPress

      I agree Benny, he would be a starter immediately. Rex probably is too proud to bring him back.

  • Frank Antonelli

    How about the idea that Rex is right! How about the idea that Kerry doesn’t fit into Rex’s defensive scheme for any number of reasons that Rex probably knows and isn’t sharing! How about the fact that he just isn’t a good fit here, and obviously doesn’t seem to be in high demand anywhere else either! How about we stop glorifying past players who really weren’t that good as Jets.

    • TheJetPress

      I actually thought Rhodes wasn’t a bad Jet. He had some productive years here.