The Patriots pulled a surprise move this morning, releasing veteran CB Leigh Bodden. The former starter, who was to play the “star” position this year, signed a four-year, $22-million contract before 2010, and he will make $3.9 million from the Pats this year if he’s not claimed.
After spending time in the locker room, it’s clear players were shocked. “I heard it in the meeting and what, Whoa. What?” said one defensive starter. That summed it up.
Bodden was respected in the locker room, and he’d had his big games (three picks against the Jets in 2009, for instance). According to ProFootballFocus.com, he allowed 12 receptions and one touchdown with four passes defended in 222 snaps this season.
But why was he released?