Bodden, Springs Signings Official

FOXBORO -- The Patriots added a pair of defenders on Wednesday when they signed Leigh Bodden and Shawn Springs to the roster. Terms of the deals were not released.

The New England Patriots signed two free agent defenders on Wednesday, Leigh Bodden and Shawn Springs. Terms of the deals were not announced.

Springs agreed to terms last week, while Bodden agreed to terms on Tuesday according to his comments during an interview on Sirius NFL Radio.

Springs agreed to a three-year deal $10.5 million deal that could increase to $13 million through incentives. The 33-year old joined the Patriots after being released by the Washington Redskins in a salary cap related move. Originally selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft Springs spent seven years with the Seahawks. He spent the past five years with the Redskins.

Springs said the decision to sign with the Patriots was easy.

"Ultimately you want to go somewhere where you're going to win and compete and get a chance to play in the postseason and maybe get a ring,' he told reporters on Wednesday. "You see [The Patriots] on TV all the time and everybody around the league watches them, so why wouldn't you go to a place like that?"

Bodden agreed to a reported 1-year, $2.5 million deal with a million guaranteed. The 27-year old was originally signed as an undrafted rookie out of Duquense by the Cleveland Browns. He spent five seasons in Cleveland before being traded to the Detroit Lions in a deal that sent defensive lineman Shaun Rogers to the Browns.

In an interview on Sirius NFL Radio, Bodden said he was looking for a longer deal, but it wasn't in the cards. Still he was happy to join the Patriots.

"This year's market wasn't that great with teams not spending what they normally would," Bodden told the hosts of Sirius' Moving the Chains. "So I decided to sign a one-year deal instead of a longer term deal I wouldn't be happy with down the road."

Bodden was disappointed in how things turned out in Detroit, but felt the down season was an anomaly in his career after a good start. "I had a lot of success in Cleveland, and I plan on continuing that success in New England," Bodden vowed.

The signings give the Patriots veteran leadership at the position that was manned by a pair of rookies at times last season, Jonathan Wilhite and Terrence Wheatley.

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