The New England Patriots have reportedly made a surprise move Friday morning, releasing former Browns CB Leigh Bodden, according to Pro Football Talk. Bodden had been considered the Patriots' best cover corner this season, despite coming off a series of injuries that had limited his play the past few years.â†µ
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would not confirm or deny the report and when asked about Bodden's play, Belichick replied, "we'll skip that right now".
One has to wonder exactly what Bodden may have done to warrant his outright release. The Patriots face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, and to release a major contributor on Friday morning is highly unusual. He had been listed as Questionable on the Patriots injury report this week.â†µ
Bodden spent his first five NFL seasons with the Browns - from 2003 through 2007 - before being traded to the Detroit Lions. He has been with the Patriots since 2009.â†µ