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Adrian Wilson, Kerry Rhodes Rated As 3rd Best Safety Tandem In NFL

The Arizona Cardinals have some experience in their defensive backfield. With a combined 20 years of NFL experience, Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes hold down the safety positions behind the youth of the cornerbacks. The two also happen to be one of the league's best tandems.

SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber ranked the teams in the NFL, based on their pair of starting safeties, and the Cards come out near the top, ranking third.

Only the Pittsburgh Steelers (with the ever-hyped Troy Polamalu...and Ryan Clark) and division rival Seattle Seahawks (Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas) were rated above the pair of Cardinals.

Seattle is not the only team in the NFC West with an impressive tandem at safety. Arizona boasts Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes. I suspect the Cardinals might have been able to scratch their way above .500 had Rhodes been healthy for all 16 games.

If you take Rhodes' foot injury into consideration, you could make an argument that Arizona could be ranked higher. Wilson perhaps was better in 2011 than Polamalu. Rhodes was a huge playmaker in 2010, but then again, that was 2010.

Heading into 2012, you can always count on a motivated Wilson, and Rhodes is hungry after losing half a season to a broken foot.

It would not be out of the question to see this pair atop the list a year from now.

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