Patriots fans and even the Patriots players themselves were shocked to learn that the team released CB Leigh Bodden. Bodden played his best football for the team in 2009 when he was on a one-year deal. He signed a 4-year, $22 million deal in 2010 to stay with the Pats. He never got to play in 2010 due to a camp injury and was injured again this season, playing sparingly. When he did play, he was consistently picked on by opposing quarterbacks. In his defense, sort of, the entire secondary has been picked on for the most part this season.
Despite the poor play, it’s still a shocker that the Patriots released him. The secondary isn’t exactly bursting with depth, and Bodden’s release leaves them paper thin at corner. It’s unclear whether the team intends on bringing in another corner, but the free agent streets have players that are free agents for a reason. Bringing in former Bears safety Chris Harris, as I suggested earlier in the week, is no longer an option as the Detroit Lions claimed him off waivers today.
The remaining corners include Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Antwaun Molden, Ras-I Dowling, and Philip Adams. McCourty has had his struggles while Arrington has shown some improvement. Molden hasn’t seen much of the field on defense, Dowling is constantly injured and hasn’t playing since Week 2, and Adams has been on and off the roster. In other words, the Pats have two corners on the roster that have been playing consistently on defense.
Not the best scenario going up against Big Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday. Here’s hoping that Antwaun Molden shows up on defense and can contribute effectively, because the shaky secondary could get worse.