After just one week, the Patriots are parting ways with Russell Bodine. They intend to release the veteran center and re-sign offensive lineman James Ferentz, according to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe.
As is often the case with the Patriots’ roster-shuffling at the bottom of the depth charts, Bodine’s departure doesn’t necessarily mean the team is moving on for good. According to Mike Reiss, the “door is not closed” for Bodine to return to the Patriots later in the season.
The Patriots acquired Bodine from the Bills last Friday for a 2020 sixth-round pick. Furthermore, the move essentially confirms Karras as the starting center for the 2019 season after usual starter David Andrews was placed on season-ending injured reserve; he was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs recently.
Ferentz, 30, is entering his fifth year as a pro after playing the past two seasons in New England. He spent the entire 2017 season on the Patriots’ practice squad, then signed to the 53-man roster last November. Ferentz played eight offensive snaps in 2018, all in Week 10 against the Titans. The Pats activated him for one other game, their Week 9 win over the Packers.
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The surprising late-week shake-up underlines the team’s concerns about the depth along their offensive line. They also traded for tackle Korey Cunningham and guard/tackle Jermaine Eluemunor just before final roster cuts. Health and durability will be as crucial for this group as any on the team.
Because Bodine was on the Patriots’ roster after Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, he will still receive a Week 1 paycheck from the Patriots. But if he returns to the team at some point after Sunday’s game, his contract won’t be fully guaranteed as it would have been if he was on the roster after 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Bodine was scheduled to earn a base salary of $1.9 million in 2019.
The Boston Globe first reported the Patriots’ intention to release Bodine, who appealed to the Patriots, in part, because of his experience (74 career starts).
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