As we mentioned yesterday, cornerback Leigh Bodden was seeking a short-term deal with a contender for the opportunity to cash in during a potential non-cap season. Today, Bodden signed a one year deal worth $750,000 (incentive laden deal) with the New England Patriots according to the Boston Globe. The 27-year-old Bodden was released by the Detroit Lions on Feb. 9, after a season in which he had one interception The Patriots brought Bodden in for a visit on the first day of free agency. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers also expressed interest in Bodden.
The Kansas City Chiefs have found their starting quarterback. NFL Network‚Äôs Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs acquired QB Matt Cassel from the New England Patriots in a trade on Saturday. The teams have agreed on compensation, according to Schefter, but no details of the deal were immediately available. Cassel was designated as the Patriots‚Äô franchise player on Feb. 5, guaranteeing him $14.65 million next season. The signed tender was officially submitted to the league earlier this week. Source: Adam Schefter of NFL Network
NFL Mock Draft ¬†1) DETROIT LIONS> MATTHEW STAFFORD, QB, GEORGIA– With Sam Bradford returning to Oklahoma for another season, Stafford holds on to the top selection. Sanchez has closed the gap between him and Stafford, but I still think that Stafford is the better selection. Stafford has a stronger arm and he has greatly improved his decision making this season. Sanchez is more of a project, he has significant injury issues, and he tends to make the stupid decisions that Stafford would make last year. 2) ST. LOUIS RAMS> ANDRE SMITH, OT, ALABAMA-¬†¬†I don‚Äôt see any reason to change this pick as a result of Smith‚Äôs issues at Alabama. They don‚Äôt seem like the kind of behavioral issues that would seriously hurt his draft stock and the Rams are still looking to beef up the O-Line, which they failed to do last year by missing out on Jake Long. ¬†3)Read More »
The key to Sunday‚Äôs game will be how well the Steelers control Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and the Patriots’ pass offense. The Steelers don‚Äôt have anybody that can match up against Randy Moss 1-on-1. As good as Ike Taylor has played this season, Moss is a major mismatch for Taylor. The Steelers will try to pressure Matt Cassel early with a variety of blitz packages. Lawrence Timmons could be the key to slowing down Welker. I expect the Steelers use their nickel defense quite often and expect to see Timmons roaming around in the middle of the field. In the past the Steelers have had trouble with quick possession receivers like Welker because the Steelers cornerbacks play too far off of the line of scrimmage due to the scheme they play. They will need to be more aggressive. WR Wes Welker (80 rec ‚Äì 834 yds ‚Äì 1TD): 2007 WeekRead More »