Although a lot of players whose contracts expired this offseason are finding that free agency in an uncapped year isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden is one of those who benefited from being a free agent this year.
Bodden, who got $10 million guaranteed to sign with the Patriots in March, says he bet on himself and won when he decided in 2009 to turn down long-term contract offers and sign a one-year deal with New England that would make him a free agent again in 2010.
“I’ve been taking a gamble on myself for a long time now, and I just believe in myself, no matter who believes in me,” Bodden told the Boston Globe. “[Taking the one-year deal] was the thing that I felt I needed to do and would put my faith in God and let him handle it.
“Everybody talked about, ‘What if you get hurt?’ I don’t worry about that. I just try to go out there and perform the way I perform and let everything else play out.”
Bodden, who signed with the Patriots in 2009 after he was released by the Lions, figured that he would have a good 2009 in New England and make more money in 2010. The contract he signed to stay with the Patriots validated that decision.
“It feels good that the team wanted me and felt like I was part of the team, and that’s pretty much what I strive for,” Bodden said. “It’s not about the money, but the commitment of the team wanting me to be here. So that was really good to see that the Patriots stepped up and wanted me to be here.”