This is the only type of “Deal or No Deal” that I like…
Leigh Bodden made a choice last year to sign a 1-year “prove-it” contract with the New England Patriots. It seems like Leigh Bodden has chosen wisely.
After demonstrating that he belongs in the conversation for Top 10 Cornerback status, Bodden is set to make a large sum of money. In terms of Salary Cap hit (salary plus pro-rated bonus money) Champ Bailey was the highest paid cornerback in the league, counting $13.2 million against the cap. As an average, the top 10 were paid a healthy $8.2 million dollars.
The Patriots probably aren’t ready to drop Asante Samuel type money (six years, $57.4 million) on a 28 year-old contract. However, in an uncapped year they will be able to stretch their wallet a little.
We’d expect the Patriots to offer a deal somewhere in the vicinity of 4yr/$28 million, with about $12 million in signing bonuses. This allows Bodden to be paid a salary commensurate with his skill level, while still allowing room to re-sign Tom Brady and perhaps even Vince Wilfork.
Do we have a deal?