Browns Sign Bodden to Contract Extension

The Browns today announced a four-year contract extension for CB Leigh Bodden, one of the team's pleasant surprises in 2005. Here is the team's press release...


The Cleveland Browns have signed DB Leigh Bodden to a four-year contract extension, the club announced today.   In three seasons with the Browns, Bodden has played in 33 career games, including 12 starts, during his career in Cleveland and has totaled 76 tackles, including 54 solo, 21 passes defensed, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.

"I'm happy to be part of this organization for the next four years and receiving this contract extension shows that hard work pays off," said Bodden. 

Bodden, 6-1 and 190 lbs., has started 10-of-12 games this season and has set a career-high with 55 tackles, including 36 solo, three interceptions, 18 passes defensed and two forced fumbles.  Bodden's three interceptions lead the team and earlier this season established a career-high with eight tackles at Houston on Oct. 30 and at Pittsburgh on Nov. 13.

Bodden is in his third season with the Browns after joining the club as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2003 out of Duquesne.  Bodden earned a roster spot with the Browns as a rookie in 2003 and played in 13 games, including one start, with 12 tackles, three passes defensed and one interception and also was a key contributor on special teams with 11 tackles. 

Last season, Bodden played in eight games, including one start, before a season-ending bicep injury placed him on Injured-Reserve on Nov. 9.  Prior to his injury he led the team with 18 special teams tackles.

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