New Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden appeared on Sirius NFL Radio on Tuesday. Bodden said despite the fact he signed a one-year deal with the Patriots he's hoping to be able to work out a longer term contract to stay in New England.
Bodden appreciates having the opportunity to play for a winner after playing last season for the Lions, who became the first team in NFL history to go 0-16.
"It just didn't come to terms with the money that both of us could agree to with a long-term deal, so we just got the one-year deal done," Bodden told hosts Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan on Movin' The Chains. "[It's] pretty much go play there, have a solid year. The Patriots always are destined to make the playoffs. Finally, I can hopefully shoot for that, make the playoffs, play good in the playoffs and hit free agency again. But I’d rather not. New England is a great team. I would rather just re-sign with them, and hopefully we can just come to terms hopefully during the season, if not, then after the season."
Here is a partial transcript of the rest of Bodden's interview on Sirius:
The terminology in Cleveland must be similar to what it will be for you in New England:
"Yeah, it's definitely very similar, and that's why I was excited. I spent pretty much all day there the first day of free agency and just looking at what they do, it was very similar to what we did in Cleveland, and I did have a lot of success there. I plan on continuing that success with New England."
When you were on your visit how much real time did you spend with Belichick?
"That was the first guy I talked to when I got there. We sat down and talked about a lot of things. Then I moved on and talked to the defensive coordinator and then the defensive back coach."
Were other teams interested in you?
"Yeah, there were other teams interested. There were just a lot of variables into it. This year's market wasn't that great, so teams weren't spending what they normally would. The market was just kind of crazy, so I just decided to go with the one-year deal, instead of maybe signing a long-term deal that I wouldn't be happy with a year or two years from now. I'm just going and trying to have a productive season with New England -- a lot of the talk was that I didn't play the same as I did in '07 in '08. But it was a different scheme. It wasn't something that I was used too. I still felt I played decent. It wasn't good as '07 because I was used to that system. I played in that system and those were the things that I did. Coming to Detroit it was a whole different scheme [Tampa-2], just asking the corners to do different things."
Was it hard adjusting to that Cover-2??
"Not really, it wasn't hard. It wasn't much pressure on the corners as far as man-to-man [coverage] or zone pressures. It was just kind of the Tampa defense. They do what they do. It definitely wasn't hard. It was just different. That defense doesn't really showcase corners. It was just different. That's why I decided to take the one-year deal and show everybody that I can still play."
Take me back to when you were like 0-14, did you think at that point you'd be a Patriot a few months later?
"No, what was going through my mind was just trying to win a game. I was doing everything I could to win a game. I knew I probably wouldn't be back in Detroit. I just kind of knew that it wasn't a good fit when I was there going through some of the things that I was going through. I just had to make the best of it. I did what I could."