Bodden: "Hopefully I can get things done with the Texans"

Per Mark Berman of FOX 26 (KRIV-TV), New England Patriots free agent cornerback Leigh Bodden is in Houston visiting with the Texans.

The Texans parted ways with cornerback Dunta Robinson, who wound up signing with the Atlanta Falcons last Friday. Bodden had five interceptions for the Patriots last season and has 18 in his seven-year career.

Bodden told Berman on Sunday at Houston Hobby Airport that he has other visits scheduled beyond the Texans, his first team to meet with in free agency.

"I do, but hopefully I don't need it," Bodden said. "Hopefully I can get things done with the Texans and just move on."

Berman also reported what multiple other outlets have been saying: The Patriots are trying to keep Bodden, who signed a one-year deal with them last offseason.

"I had a good year there, but it's all about who wants me," Bodden said. "If they want me, they can get me. If Houston wants me, they can get me. I'm just here to see what these guys have to offer and just meet the coaches."

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported that Texans coach Gary Kubiak and his assistant coaches hosted Bodden and free agent guard Wade Smith (who visited with the Buffalo Bills on Friday) at a local restaurant on Sunday night.

"We watched a lot of tape on him last year before we played them, and we were impressed with the way he played," Kubiak said of Bodden, per McClain. "He didn't play against us, but we've seen enough of him to think he can help us."

Paul Kuharsky of the ESPN.com AFC South Blog has Scouts Inc.'s take on Bodden. Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle and AOL FanHouse is encouraging Texans fans to recruit Bodden using Twitter.


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