While this offseason has seemed fairly quiet for New England thus far, the Patriots have quietly been in the process of re-signing several important free agents. They also placed tenders on other important restricted free agents, but still many in New England were concerned about the status of one free agent-Leigh Bodden.
Well, tonight our worries can officially be put to rest, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston and Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post, who tweets tonight that the Patriots have re-signed cornerback Leigh Bodden.
The cornerback just finished a meeting with the Houston Texans today, and many Patriot fans heard comments as he got off the plane and was interviewed by a Houston area reporter that did not exactly instill confidence in our hearts that he would return to New England next season. It seems as if those comments were made to tell the Patriots' front office "I'm ready to make a deal now-with somebody." New England was quick to react, re-signing him today.
This was a great move, and something that had to happen for the Patriots. Bodden had five interceptions for the team last season and was one of the few members of the defense with some solid NFL experience. With few other options available on the free agent market, the Patriots needed to answer their need in the secondary by at very least re-signing Bodden.
Now, according to some outlets at this point in time, news of Bodden's re-signing is premature at best. According to Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network and the National Football Post it's a done deal, but several other reporters are tweeting that it isn't set in stone yet. I'll stay on top of this situation and keep my readers informed as it develops.
**EDIT** Alvin Keels, Leigh Bodden's agent, tweets that nothing is official with New England, and that although Bodden has always expressed his desire nothing is official yet.
Adam Schefter reports that while his agent denies it right now, Bodden will be returning to the Patriots. He tweets that there is an "agreement in principle" between Bodden and the Patriots, and that Bodden will definitely be rejoining the New England based team.