Patriots Sign Leigh Bodden

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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2 Responses to “Patriots Sign Leigh Bodden”

  1. Anonymous says:

    ESPN is stupid. Come here or to the Pats Fans forum for the real info.

  2. David M says:

    Thats probably the best case scenario because there arent any corners that seem too good to pass on in this draft. But Bodden is a difficult guy to evaluate based on past experiences. In cleveland, he really seemed to be getting better. Then in Detroit, he seemed to regress. I think that the Detroit failure had more to do with wrong fit than poor talent.

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