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Where we stand 120 minutes in

Posted by Albert Breer  March 5, 2010 02:00 AM

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This night is generally one of the longest of the year, but things are moving slower tonight than I've remembered them in years past.

That doesn't mean we're devoid of news.

As I mentioned earlier, the Patriots have been talking contract with a slew of their unrestricted free agents over the last 24 hours. But one player has been more in demand than all the others, and that player is Leigh Bodden.

I'm told Bodden got strong, immediate interest right at midnight, and that the Patriots were negotiating with him to and through the deadline. Something still could get done. I couldn't nail down the teams, specifically, but our pal Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times did a nice job gathering that info, identifying Seattle, Houston and Pittsburgh as potential landing spots.

Outside of that, I'm pretty sure the door is still open with all their restricted free agents, although it has to be considered an upset that Kevin Faulk -- whose contract talks have been ongoing for a few weeks -- remains unsigned.

Meanwhile, it seems certain that whatever Dunta Robinson gets from Atlanta, and that deal's getting done, will set the market for Bodden. So once that one wraps up, we'll try and hunt down the numbers for you.

(Note [7:13 a.m]: Made some grammatical corrections after getting about three-and-a-half hours sleep, saw some groggy decision-making I made on the structure of this post. Apologize for that, and can tell you this: This opening of free-agency has been far less hectic than last year's. At this point last year, Albert Haynesworth had been under agreement for three-plus hours.)

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