By Bruce Allen, Patriots Daily Staff
The Patriots took care of another piece of offseason business this afternoon, coming to terms with top cornerback Leigh Bodden on what his agent is calling a four year contract.
At a position in which the Patriots haven’t exactly been stable at over the last few years, getting this done is a big deal. We’ve seen Ty Law and Asante Samuel leave for more money elsewhere, while the Patriots tried to sign guys like Chad Scott, Fernando Bryant and Deltha O’Neal as replacements.
When the Patriots signed Bodden last year, they had tried to work out a multi-year deal with the former Brown and Lion, but ended up on a one-year contract so that both sides could gauge the fit. Bodden played well last season, and for a while it seemed he was headed the route of Law and Samuel, chasing more money elsewhere.
But in the end it worked out, and I for one think this is a very important signing. Keeping some continuity at the cornerback spot is important, and we can hope that Bodden and Darius Butler can make a formidable tandem for opposing receivers. With Shawn Springs and Jonathan Wilhite also still around the position seems to have a little depth, allowing the team to perhaps focus on other positions in the draft.
Also today, Vince Wilfork was in town to officially sign his new contract, and spoke with Patriots.com about being able to call New England home for the next five years. Tomorrow he is slated to meet the media and also appear on WEEI’s Dale and Holley program.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft was a guest on WEEI’s Big Show this afternoon, and during that session, he also stated that linebacker Marques Murrell has also agreed to sign with the Patriots. Murrell has been a special teams player in his time with the New York Jets, but was a pass rushing specialist in college.
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