New England Patriots Release Cornerback Leigh Bodden

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIOctober 28, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25:  Steve Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills makes a catch against  Leigh Bodden #23 of the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 34-31.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots released cornerback Leigh Bodden Friday afternoon according to multiple sources

Bodden is playing in his first season after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last season just prior to the opening week and has been dealing with a thumb injury all throughout this season. Bodden has played in a total of five games for the Patriots, recording 17 total tackles and four pass deflections. 

Bodden will not immediately enter the free agent market, as the NFL trading deadline has come and passed—he will now be placed on waivers and once he's cleared, he will be able to become a free agent.

The 30-year-old signed a four-year contract with New England back in 2008 and was worth about $22 million with $10 million guaranteed. 

Bodden received the large contract after his stellar play in '08 but has been a disappointment ever since, with a lot of that having to do with his injury problems. 

New England now has Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Ras-I Dowling, Antwaun Molde and Phillip Adams on their active roster for cornerbacks, with Dowling on the team's injury report with a hip injury. 

Following the news of the release, Bodden's agent Alvin Keels spoke with ESPN Boston and discussed his player's tenure with the Patriots:

"He's enjoyed this time in New England, but after meeting with Coach Belichick this morning, both parties agreed it was time to move on.

"Leigh still has a strong desire to play football and welcomes his next opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl. Leigh is totally healthy and can contribute right away." 

With Bodden entering waivers, the New England Patriots will continue their preparations for Sunday's tough matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  


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