Free agent cornerback Leigh Bodden, who visited the Texans on Sunday and Monday and expressed optimism about playing in Houston, has decided to re-sign with the New England Patriots. Bodden's agent, Alvin Keels, posted the widely-reported news on Twitter this afternoon.
Bodden intercepted five passes for the Patriots in 2009. Texans coach Gary Kubiak lauded Bodden's ball skills on Monday afternoon, but it looks like the Texans will have to move forward with the group of cornerbacks already on their roster.
The Texans are looking for a cornerback to help replace Dunta Robinson, whom they parted ways with in free agency. Robinson was widely rated as the top free agent cornerback this offseason; Bodden was rated second. The Texans' search could continue in free agency or in the 2010 NFL Draft, which is coming up on April 22-24.