Little return on secondary investment


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots' release of cornerback Leigh Bodden highlights the volatility of the team's decision-making in the secondary since 2007. They've invested a lot, connecting on a few of those investments, but wildly missing on others.

A rundown of some of the top decisions:

2007 -- Drafted safety Brandon Meriweather (no longer with team) in the first round.

2008 -- Drafted cornerback Terrence Wheatley (no longer with team) in the second round and cornerback Jonathan Wilhite (no longer with team) in the fourth round.

2009 -- Signed free agent cornerback Shawn Springs (no longer with team) to a three-year contract worth $10.5 million.

2009 -- Drafted safety Patrick Chung (starter) and cornerback Darius Butler (no longer with team) in the second round.

2009 -- Signed Kyle Arrington to the practice squad, who has emerged as a starter.

2010 -- After he had a solid 2009 campaign on a one-year deal, re-signed Leigh Bodden (no longer with team) to a four-year, $22 million contract with about $10 million guaranteed and $14 million in the first two years.

2010 -- Drafted cornerback Devin McCourty in the first round.

2011 -- Drafted cornerback Ras-I Dowling in the second round.