For all those hoping that the Browns could sign Leigh Bodden in order to say that we traded a draft pick for Shaun Rogers, well the opportunity is gone. While Mangini and company were signing Hank Poteat, the Pats were signing the Browns’ former starting CB to a one-year “prove it” type of contract for the veteran minimum $750,000. Of course, financial terms were not disclosed in the Poteat signing, but let’s assume the numbers are similar. Who would you rather have? Hank Poteat or Leigh Bodden?
Just to be fair, we don’t know if Bodden would even be willing to come back to Cleveland. Certainly, if he had the option between going to New England on a one-year deal, and coming back to Cleveland on a one-year deal, you have to think the decision was easy. Plus, last time I checked he hasn’t had any problems at Logan International Airport in Boston just yet.
Also in fairness to the new regime here, Hank Poteat will be able to help teach the new system to Browns CBs. Also, when analyzing this year vs. last year, I would like to think that Hank Poteat will be a better nickel option than Terry Cousin. I can’t remember the last time in Cleveland sports history that an insignificant player accounted for so much negativity as Terry Cousin.