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Bodden Bowl ends at 4:00 p.m. ET Monday

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As Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Football Night in America points out in his indispensable Monday Morning Quarterback column, Chargers-Chiefs won’t be the only game played on Monday.  Between now and 4:00 p.m. ET, teams have the ability to put in waiver claims for former Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden.

Abruptly cut on Friday, any team can make a waivers claim for his contract.  (After the trading deadline, every player who is released must pass through waivers — even players like Bodden with four or more years of NFL service.)  King says that the 49ers, Bengals, Bucs, Chiefs, Bills, and Jets could make a claim.

The team with the highest waiver priority (i.e., the one with the worst record that makes a claim) will win his contract.

And it could be more than a one-year move.  With a contract that pays Bodden $2.064 million for the rest of 2011 and base salaries of $3.9 million in each of the next two seasons, that’s a bargain for a veteran cover corner.

So why did the Pats dump him?  (I mean, it’s not like he was photographed during the bye week with an adult film star, or something.)  King hears that Bodden was going through the motions, unhappy that he wasn’t one of the top three guys on the depth chart.

I’ve got a hunch there may be something more that forced the Patriots to simply cut the cord.  They could have used Bodden on Sunday against the Steelers, especially with Ras-I Dowling now in Injured Reserve.

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31 Responses to “Bodden Bowl ends at 4:00 p.m. ET Monday”
  1. nflfollower says: Oct 31, 2011 10:25 AM

    The Pats make some strange moves at times, but it’s hard to argue with the end result. Although they’ve had a drought for some time now when it comes to the Lombardi Trophy.

  2. joetoronto says: Oct 31, 2011 10:25 AM

    This guy did something, God knows what, but he did something.

    It’ll come out soon.

  3. claydefayette says: Oct 31, 2011 10:26 AM

    Before naming all of Belichick’s terrible personnel moves, he did sign Andre Carter for a great price this offseason.

    With that said, let the well-deserved bashing begin.

  4. silvernblackpa says: Oct 31, 2011 10:27 AM

    Man, you can just cut the tension with a knife. FEEL THE SUSPENSE.

    Or not.

  5. cusoman says: Oct 31, 2011 10:30 AM

    Why the hell wouldn’t the Vikings be on that list? If Frazier thinks the status quo is ok with this terrible group of DBs, then something is seriously wrong.

  6. rc33 says: Oct 31, 2011 10:31 AM

    Man, I thought when they cut Bodden it was a clear sign that Dowling was finally ready to return.
    Then 2 days later they put Dowling on Injured Reserve.
    It feels like the Patriots are starting all over defensively.

  7. ern215 says: Oct 31, 2011 10:36 AM

    my raiders could use him, however he might not be fast enough

  8. freebird2011 says: Oct 31, 2011 10:36 AM

    Bodden’s a quitter. During the Lions 2008 0-16 debacle, Bodden quit down the stretch. The film doesn’t lie.

    So if Bodden was pouting and going through the motions, somehow, that shouldn’t surprise anyone.

    If you can’t play for a team desperately in need of defensive back help, you probably can’t play for anyone, except maybe, the UFL, CFL, or lingerie league.

  9. randolph32 says: Oct 31, 2011 10:36 AM

    Be careful what you wish for…think the Bears are happy with their Belichek cast-off?

  10. phinfan says: Oct 31, 2011 10:37 AM

    Heres a sign ireland stinks, the bills & jets made waiver claims, lets face it its because they want inside intel on pats d. Yet they dont need the help at cornerback. Meanwhile in miami, we could use the intel, and the cornerback help… And we sit atop the freeagent claims list and we havent done anything. This team is on autopilot someone please wake this gm and coach and players up!!!

  11. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 31, 2011 10:38 AM

    Hello, Danny? Have you seen Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall the last couple games?

  12. svcfilmguy says: Oct 31, 2011 10:38 AM

    There’s a good reason why a guy is suddenly available in the middle of the season…he’s probably not an impact player. Hey, pick him up if you have the cap space and need; it couldn’t hurt, and you can dump him later if you want. But fans should temper their expectations. We don’t know why, but there’s a compelling reason why Belichick dumped him. Buyer beware.

  13. Stiller43 says: Oct 31, 2011 10:42 AM

    This guy’s not a top 3 corner on the Pats?

    And yet at 30, with salaries up around $4 mil the next couple seasons, this guys a bargain?

    Do you read what you write before you hit “Post?”

  14. knn9413 says: Oct 31, 2011 10:44 AM

    Am a pats fan.. i do think Bill B is not keeping up with the times.. maybe he has lost his midas touch. Right now defensively, it looked to me as if I was the one playing and giving up on the coverages or not being able to tackle.. It really sucks right now. With Eli Manning, Vick, Fitz , Sanchez and maybe even Cassel on the horizon, doesn’t look like it is about to get any better..

  15. ncsteve83 says: Oct 31, 2011 10:46 AM

    King says that the 49ers, Bengals, Bucs, Chiefs, Bills, and Jets could make a claim.

    The Panthers need to put in a claim as well.

    1) Chris Gambles open field tackle failed on Percy Harvin, on a 3rd down that would have ended a drive that led to GW fielg goal.

    2) Munnerlyn is undersized, gets beat up most weeks, but had a decent game yesterday.

    Behing those 2 studs (haha)…….they have the other ex pat Butler, and RJ Sanford (WHO?)

    The panthers are at 2 wins, they would have the first right to get him over all the teams listed above.

  16. milkmandanimal says: Oct 31, 2011 10:52 AM

    The number of players on the Bucs’ roster 30 or older? Three. Jeff Faine, Ronde Barber, Ernest Graham. No chance Tampa picks him up; they’re all-in on the youth movement again, and they’re not picking up a 30-year-old veteran who just got dumped apparently partially because he has a lousy attitude.

  17. EJ says: Oct 31, 2011 11:02 AM

    Belichick dumped him because the kid wasn’t giving one-hundred percent, he probably figured that his stable of practice squaders would have a larger affect on the field.

  18. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Oct 31, 2011 11:02 AM

    Ras-I Dowling now in Injured Reserve.

    On injured reserve not in?

  19. bleedgreen says: Oct 31, 2011 11:10 AM

    Can we trade Asante back to NE for a LB or some O-Linemen in Philly?

  20. lucky5934 says: Oct 31, 2011 11:21 AM

    I wondered why the Giants didn’t put in a waiver claim for him. Then I realized they spent way too much money on other contracts for players who have not panned out.

  21. ncsteve83 says: Oct 31, 2011 11:23 AM

    bleedgreen says:
    Oct 31, 2011 11:10 AM
    Can we trade Asante back to NE for a LB or some O-Linemen in Philly?

    ____________________

    Did you not see the Philly O-Line dominate the best run defense in the NFL last night, to the tune of 239 YARDS!!!!

  22. pdmjr says: Oct 31, 2011 11:26 AM

    Bodden might possibly be the most overrated CB in th last 10 years. He was mediocre is Cleveland and pathetic in Detwat. Now he is just cut by a coach who has nothing to replace him with.

    Just because BB signed him last year everyone goes gaga
    over him. Bill made a mistake.

  23. samoanjungle says: Oct 31, 2011 11:41 AM

    I know the Bengals would like to thank Bill for releasing Brandon Tate and giving us some picks for the Ocho.
    ALL of his moves aren’t perfect.

  24. CKL says: Oct 31, 2011 12:00 PM

    HAHAHA samoanjungle…I just commented on the Pats board I go to how I’m not normally a “wahhhh Pats let this guy go look what he did with his new team” person but after the debacling (thanks Emmitt) the Pats got yesterday, it made watching Tate get a TD return particularly tough to swallow.

  25. wikidpissah says: Oct 31, 2011 12:01 PM

    Whoever claims and gets Bodden will be helping the Pats by assuming future cap hits.

    BB has a history of “shocking” and “head scratching” cuts, but none of those players have gone on to make the Pats wish they had them.

  26. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Oct 31, 2011 12:07 PM

    Most of the Pats discards don’t do much (Meriweather, Sanders, etc.) for other teams, so the problem is on the front end. Draft the best possible defensive player and damn the “value”. The idea is to accumulate the most talented players. When they do, the Pats don’t want to pay them (Assante, Seymour, etc.) and let them go. When you get a good one you need to keep them.

    I hear a lot about teams and their cap problems yet never see one severly penalized by spending too much. It is sad because with even an average D, they’d have a great shot at another SB title.

  27. bozosforall says: Oct 31, 2011 12:51 PM

    wikidpissah says:
    Oct 31, 2011 12:01 PM
    Whoever claims and gets Bodden will be helping the Pats by assuming future cap hits.

    BB has a history of “shocking” and “head scratching” cuts, but none of those players have gone on to make the Pats wish they had them.

    __
    Denying that the Pats still wish that they had Seymour is just plain ignorant. Then again, you Pats fans are plain ignorant by nature so there you are.

  28. Patskrieg dot com says: Oct 31, 2011 1:22 PM

    *GASP*

    Who will be the next to sign a guy who couldn’t edge Kyle Arrington out of a starting job, and will be 34 when he’s finished with his 3 year $10 million contract?

    WHO?!

  29. briank1ne says: Oct 31, 2011 5:35 PM

    I dont follow the afc much so…is this guy any good? I mean if he is…why did they cut him?

    thumbs up for yes thumb down for no.

  30. TheWizard says: Oct 31, 2011 9:50 PM

    Denying that the Pats still wish that they had Seymour is just plain ignorant

    If they still wanted him, he would still be there.

    Logic can be your friend, if you allow him in.

  31. wikidpissah says: Oct 31, 2011 10:18 PM

    bozosforall says: Oct 31, 2011 12:51 PM

    wikidpissah says:
    Oct 31, 2011 12:01 PM
    Whoever claims and gets Bodden will be helping the Pats by assuming future cap hits.

    BB has a history of “shocking” and “head scratching” cuts, but none of those players have gone on to make the Pats wish they had them.

    __
    Denying that the Pats still wish that they had Seymour is just plain ignorant. Then again, you Pats fans are plain ignorant by nature so there you are.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I love how some of the clowns here jump right to insults without even reading the posts. I said CUTS. The Pats TRADED Seymour for a first round pick who’s started every game on their offensive line as a rookie. The reason they TRADED Seymour was because they didn’t have enough cap space to keep both Seymour and Vince Wilfork. I’d love to see Seymour still with the team, but I’m glad they have Vince.

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