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Replace Robinson with Bodden in Houston?

3/7/2010

The Texans have free-agent cornerback Leigh Bodden in Houston, the first visit for the Patriots cornerback, reports Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.

John McClain tweeted Sunday evening the guest was on his way to dinner with Gary Kubiak and free agent guard Wade Smith.

Seattle and Pittsburgh are also suitors and New England would like him back.

The Texans aren’t going to be able to pay Bodden anything close to Dunta Robinson’s six-year deal in Atlanta worth $57 million with $25.5 million guaranteed.

Reiss says Bodden could be aiming for more like $5 million a year.

If the Texans think he’s worth it and can land him, they’d trim a list of needs that includes running back, free safety, interior offensive line and defensive tackle in addition to corner.

Scouts Inc. grades Bodden a 77, second only to Robinson (80) in the free agent pool of corners on our free agency tracker. Here is their review:

He is a great combination of size, strength and athleticism. Bodden is an instinctive player who leverages receivers well, while keeping proper cushion and body position to react quickly from the perimeter. He has excellent vision of his opponent and the play as it unfolds, which allows him to anticipate, jump patterns and make a plays on the ball. Bodden can be physical to jam and re-route receivers from the press position. He has good hips, quickness, agility and speed to turn and run deep with his opponent. Bodden is also a solid open-field tackler with good technique to wrap up his opponent and he keeps his pads over his feet, which enables him to be sure in space. He is an aggressive player who uses his hands well in block protection to keep himself alive to the pile. Bodden is a very good football player who fits well in [Bill] Belichick's complex defensive scheme.