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    Re: Bodden: Patriot "First and foremost"

    Glad to see Leigh is taking charge of his destiny. :rolleyes:

    Anytime players leave it to their agents to hammer out deals it usually means hes side-stepping any local PR fallout if he walks. I don't blame him one bit for it either. Hes earned the right.
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    Re: Bodden: Patriot "First and foremost"

    I hope we find a way to keep him around, but I don't think it is too realistic right now. This is especially true considering how bare the DB FA market is. I have a feeling we will be seeing him in a new uniform next year. Maybe we throw the transition tag on him? Who else would we use that on? vince gets the franchise, mank, and ghost get tendered, who gets the transition tag?
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    Depending on his expectations, I think it would obviously be worth it to keep him.

    We have too many issues to deal with elsewhere to afford more self-inflicted wounds.
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    Re: Bodden: Patriot "First and foremost"

    I disagree, almost every player has an agent, and they have agents for a reason. Rarely does a player NOT leave it to his agent to hammer out the deals. The agents give them the higher overview of the contract talks, not lawyer detailed specifics. I'm sure his agent will give him the offers, keep him up to date, try to convince him to get the most money etc... I also believe Bodden when he says first and foremost he wants to try to get a deal done with the Patriots. That doesn't mean he'll accept whatever they offer, or that they will definitely see eye to eye on his worth.
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    I want to retain Bodden as well, but at #2 corner money.
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    Then he'll be playing elsewhere.

    He had a fine year despite us being disgraceful getting to the QB. He's a very good player, a #1 CB.
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    He's a #1 CB in our system only because we lacked a true #1 CB. What sort of contract would you offer him, BritPat?
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    Towards the end of the year, Butler showed great play. I'd be confident with him as the pats future #1. So, yes, Bodden should get #2 money. Cromartie is a nice option if Bodden leaves.
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    His play was good enough to show he can be a force against the best receivers in the game. I believe him to be a true #1 CB.

    Dunno, 5 years, $40M perhaps? We need a quality corner, he knows the system, he's experienced, he's proved he can hold up despite having little help in terms of a pass rush - he's the type of player we need.
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    Some say bodden is a #2 CB and Jets revis is the #1. Can some explain this to me in the context of Jets pass rush vs ours .
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    I agree with you on Butler. Been huge on this kid since preseason. I think he will be fun to watch next year (especially with some form of a pulse in the pass rush department). Butler/Bodden would be a solid secondary. I have no complaints with the safeties, and they should only improve as they spend more time together. Hopefully there is a little more consistency in the secondary next year (seemed like we played musical dbs for a while in the latter part of the season...) as that will only help them gel.

    However, I don't want anything to do with Cromartie. Being able to atleast read your contract (not understand it, but read aloud) without a Billy Maddison-esque stutter (t-t-today junior!) should be a requirement to play defense on this team. It isn't exactly simple, and in the words of Ron White- "You can't fix stupid."
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    not sure why but this was nice to hear lol
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    Yes, Bodden is a #1 CB. Maybe not a top 5, but definitely a #1.

    I am looking forward to Bodden/Butler for the foreseeable future. Hopefully they get a deal done.
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    Depends on how you classify #1 vs. #2. For those who say that the top 32 CBs in the league are #1s, then yeah, he's a #1. For those who say that a #1 CB is such a hot commodity because there are only about 5-7 of them (I'm in this camp), then he's clearly a #2. I would like to see the Pats hold on to him at ~$7M per, but given what Samuel got from the Eagles, I have my doubts thta that would be enough to keep him. If someone offers him anywhere near Samuel money (who is horrendously overpaid, IMO, and better than Bodden), then I'm okay with him walking.
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    Sounds like he legitimately wants to remain a Patriot, hopefully both sides can agree on something that works for both parties. Id like to see Bodden stay...
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    Good point/clarification. We should really be more clear with our terms. I consider a #1 to be a player that would be the top starting CB for most teams in the NFL. Bodden should not get top 5 CB money.
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    Agreed. He's not a #1 guy, but he is good enough to be the top CB on a lot of teams. Domonique Foxworth got 4 years for $28 million, and I'd put Bodden a bit ahead of Foxworth so $7M sounds pretty fair to me.

    I didn't think the Pats would have any hope of retaining him, but the more I read about the owners desire to take advantage of no salary floor, the more I think the odds increase of keeping Bodden. He's a real physical corner, and if BB has him jamming more at the line instead of giving receivers a 10-yard cushion (I still can't get over that Broncos game), he'll be more effective.
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    According to profootball focus Bodden is a top fifteen corner. He ranks 14th overall, 13th in coverage, 13th in run support, 10th in % caught, and 13th in QB rating against. I don't think we can replace his play this season if he leaves.

    ProFootballFocus.com - By Position

    If it's true he turned down 16 mil over four years to sign a one year deal. What would he want? What could he get elswhere? I think that was very generous at the time.
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    Given these rankings, and considering the fact that we had, at many times, a lackluster pass rush this season, I think it's pretty compelling evidence in favor of resigning Bodden.

    This of course assumes his contract demands are not unreasonable. But a Butler/Bodden secondary is one I think would serve us well next season.
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