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New England Patriots Links 2/19/10 - Willie McGinest on Vince Wilfork: Pay the man!

<em>Leigh Bodden wants a contract thiiiiiiiiiis big</em>.
Leigh Bodden wants a contract thiiiiiiiiiis big.

Albert Breer reports Free-agent CB Leigh Bodden is looking to stay put in New England.

On Sirius NFL Radio's "Late Hits" program last night with hosts Bryan McGovern and Ross Tucker, Bodden intimated that he hasn't seen a whole lot of progress in talks with the Patriots. And that's just fine with him, for now at least.

"I did talk to Bill (Belichick), but all the business has to be done through my agent and those guys over there," Bodden told the Sirius guys. "But I feel like it’s too early. Combine’s right around the corner, and that’s where a lot of guys’ talk is – all the GMs, all the coaches."

On playing with Tom Brady ... "It’s unbelievable. Let me tell you, we played them in 2007, Cleveland did, and just to hear Tom Brady, the way he commanded the field, the way he demanded players to play well, to hear the little things he was saying, and then coming to the team and seeing how much of a leader he is, how much of a competitor he is, how much of just a great player he is, it’s amazing to play with a quarterback like that."

On whether the system in New England was rigid ... "Bill Belichick’s one of the best coaches there is. So you can’t really question what he does and how he does things, because he’s been successful with it. He knows what it takes to win. But he also listens to his players, as far as if things work or don’t work."

On the playoff loss to Baltimore ... "I was as shocked as anybody. Not saying you know you’re going to win, but with the Patriots, and I didn’t have this with other teams, you confident going into those games. ... Things didn’t go right early, and it’s kinda hard to come back against a team like that."

On what the Patriots defense needs to get better ..."We had some pass rush issues, we didn’t get that many sacks. And when Vince (Wilfork) was out or Tiny (Warren) was out, we had young guys, but I think the young guys stepped up and played well, and that just gives them experience going into next year. I think we have a lot of good young players, not just defensive line, but linebackers and the secondary. So it’s just little things here and there and just playing better."