Even though the deadline for trimming NFL Rosters to 75 players or less came and went at 4pm eastern, the media relations department for the Patriots decided to put in some overtime.
Posts Tagged ‘Leigh Bodden’
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Thursday, June 10th, 2010
Monday, May 10th, 2010
Resigning of Vince Wilfork/Leigh Bodden
Wilfork and Bodden represent two things that went well on 2009’s defense that never lived up to expectations. Both were resigned to contracts that benefited the players and the team, leaving both sides feeling good. With Wilfork back in the fold, the Patriots were free to focus their draft efforts away from the defensive line.
Drafting of Brandon Spikes
Brandon Spikes will bring a “culture change” to the Patriots. He is a hard-nosed tackler that enjoys being physical, something that few people would have called the Patriots in 2009. Spikes will allow Jerod Mayo to flow to the ball more, with Spikes lining up at the Mike. Don’t be surprised if Spikes moves to OLB on 3rd-down, as he is a proven pass-rusher.
Three New Tight Ends
With the addition of Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, and veteran Alge Crumpler, the Patriots have completely remodeled their TE position. Crumpler and “Gronk” bring the physicality in the blocking game that the Patriots have missed since Daniel Graham left, while Hernandez and Gronkowski were deadly in the NCAA passing game.
Releasing Adalius Thomas
The evil is gone.
Drafting Zoltan Mesko
How does a punter make this list? If the Patriots do have to punt, which hopefully doesn’t happen to often, Mesko is an incredibly adept directional punter with a powerful leg to boot. The biggest impact, however, will hopefully be the lack of an impact on pro-bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski, as former Patriots punter Chris Hanson has held for Gostkowski the last few years. Mesko was a great holder at Michigan and has performed well so far in mini-camps.
Honorable Mention: Torry Holt
Signing veteran WR’s makes Patriot fans nervous, especially after the “Galloway Incident”. Holt has shown no signs of being that bad, and has the potential to be a reliable #4 option for Tom Brady.
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
Leigh Bodden’s signature on a Patriots contract will mark the end to an odd few days. After spending over a day in Houston being wooed by the Texans front office and coaching staff, it seemed that the veteran CB was slipping through the Patriots fingers. Bill Belichick and the rest of the Patriots brass were obviously able to match whatever the Texans were bringing to the table.
Bodden’s deal is for 4 years, worth $22 million dollars. $10m is guaranteed.
Bodden led the Patriots with five interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown. His strong play in run support, sure tackling, and tight coverage were all factors that led to the Patriots bringing him back.
Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
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?
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
The Patriots inked free agent cornerback Leigh Bodden to a one-year deal on Tuesday, giving the former Brown and Lion his third home in three years. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but speculation abounds that the deal was for $750,000 or $2,250,000, depending on whether you listen to ESPN or not (People still do?). According to Bodden, he always wanted to play for the Patriots and is willing to take the one year deal to prove to them that he is worth a long-term contract.
Bodden had some amazing years in Cleveland, where he made the Pro Bowl. His time was less spectacular in Detroit (whose isn’t?), as he had but one interception on a team that had a total of four.
Bodden will join a defense that he is comfortable in, having played under Romeo Crennel in Cleveland. His zone-coverage skills should be an upgrade as either an outside CB or inside in the slot.
With the addition of Bodden and Springs to the current CB corps, all signs are pointing to the Patriots being set at cornerback this season, and being able to neglect that position during the draft.
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