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Bodden Won’t Be Back in Detroit in 2009

Don’t expect to see Leigh Bodden back with the Lions in 2009, as there are reports today that Bodden won’t back back next season. Here is the post from

Cornerback Leigh Bodden, who came to Detroit as part of the trade that sent defensive tackle Shaun Rogers to Cleveland, will not return to the Lions in 2009, according to the Detroit News.

Agent Alvin Keels told the News that the team has informed Bodden that he won’t be back.

Last year, the Lions signed Bodden to a new deal, which included an $8.6 million bonus due in March. To avoid paying the money, the Lions will have to dump Bodden.

“I spoke to [G.M.] Martin [Mayhew] a couple days ago and they decided they’re not going to exercise the option,” Keels said. “I don’t understand exactly what they’re doing, but I guess it’ll be better for us, anyway, because he’ll be an unrestricted free agent now. Martin’s reason was, though they like Leigh, the amount of money they’d be paying him next year — they could use that elsewhere in free agency. So we’ll see what happens.”

There’s a chance that Bodden could re-sign with the Lions as a free agent, but Keels doesn’t see that as a likely outcome.

“I would probably say so,” Keels said. “I would never say never. But I would say it’s unlikely that he would end up back in Detroit.”

Tom Kowalski of pins the blame for the Bodden failure on the team — and specifically on former head coach Rod Marinelli and former defensive coordinator Joe Barry.

“Bodden came into Detroit with a lot of promise and he was treated like a second-class citizen every step of the way and his performance reflected it,” Kowalski writes.

It’ll be interesting to see where Bodden lands. We’ve got a feeling that more than a few people in Cleveland would love to see Leigh wearing an orange helmet again.

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