The New England Patriots have released cornerback Leigh Bodden, a source has told NBC Sports.
Bodden, 30, was in his second season of a four-year deal with the Patriots that he signed in 2010 worth $22 million. The former starter, however, had seen limited playing time in five games with the Patriots this season, and according to NBC, both sides felt the player-team relationship was not working out as planned.
Through five games this season he has recorded just 17 tackles and no interceptions.
In 2009 Bodden recorded five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, while also racking up 56 total tackles. The former undrafted free-agent missed all of 2010 with a shoulder injury. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, Bodden will be able to receive the remaining balance of his $3.9 million 2011 salary if he is not claimed on waivers. If he is claimed, his new team will absorb the remaining $2.064 million he is owed.