Bodden headed out of Detroit
The Detroit Lions are shedding at least two players who expressed recent dissatisfaction with the organization. John Niyo of the Detroit News is reporting that cornerback Leigh Bodden has been informed he will be released later this month.
Bodden criticized the Lions' former defensive staff at the end of the 2008 season, saying its Cover 2 scheme was a poor fit for personnel. (Last week, receiver Mike Furrey told reporters that he had been informed of his pending release.) That public viewpoint probably didn't sit well with new Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, but the most prominent reason for Bodden's departure is likely the $8.6 million roster bonus he would be due this spring.
The Lions acquired Bodden last spring from Cleveland in exchange for defensive tackle Shaun Rogers. Detroit also got a third-round pick in the deal. Bodden managed one interception in 16 games for the Lions, his lowest output since becoming a starter for the Browns in 2005. Still, scouts will tell you he was the best cover corner on the Lions' roster last season.
NFL teams can't formally begin releasing players until Feb. 9. There has been no word yet of another looming personnel decision: whether the Lions will keep quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who is due a $2.5 million roster bonus.