Patriots cut CB Leigh Bodden

We have a surprise move in the AFC East Friday.

The New England Patriots have cut cornerback Leigh Bodden. The move was first reported by ProFootballTalk.com and later confirmed by other Boston media outlets.

Bodden was New England's highest-paid cornerback. He signed a four-year, $22 million contract in 2010 but was injured in his first season with the Patriots. Bodden played five games this year and had 17 tackles and one start.

With the odd timing, I'm not sure what to make of this move.

New England's defense has been inconsistent and need all the healthy cornerbacks they can get. I don't think it was a financial decision, either, because New England is still on the hook for Bodden's 2011 salary unless he's claimed by a new team.

That brings me to my next question: Are any teams in the AFC East interested? The Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins could certainly use cornerback depth.