Patriots' Bodden looking to make good on long-term contract

New England Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden is itching to get back on the field after missing last season due to torn rotator cuff surgery.

The *Boston Herald* reported that Bodden told Sirius NFL Radio on Thursday that he's "ready for some action ... ready to play."

Bodden signed a four-year, $22 million contract before last season, according to the Herald, and said he wants to contribute and make good on that pact. The veteran defensive back has been working out in Maryland this offseason.

"I haven't played in a year, so I'm eager to get out there and do some things," Bodden said. "Footwork, use this arm, jam some people up. But (it will happen) soon enough. The longer I have to heal, the better it is. But it's really feeling good. I still continue to rehab every day, but it's feeling great."

Bodden spent five seasons with the Cleveland Browns and one with the Detroit Lions before joining the Patriots in 2009. He started 14 games for New England that season and registered 55 tackles and five interceptions.

The Herald also reported Friday that the Patriots hired Moses Cabrera as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

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