The Patriots are releasing center Russell Bodine Friday morning. The six year veteran was acquired by the Patriots last Friday from the Buffalo Bills for a sixth round pick. The news was first by Jim McBride of the Boston Globe.
The move comes as a surprise for a pair of reasons. First, the pick the Patriots sent to the Bills had to protections on it, so New England will not be receiving that pick back. Second, it is uncommon for teams to make roster moves any later than Wednesday on a game week. Bodine was expected to back up Ted Karras at center for this week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bodine was drafted by the Bengals in the 4th round in 2014. He joined the Bills last year and started 10 games at center. In his career, he’s played in and started 74 games.
Per Mike Reiss of ESPN, the door is not closed on Bodine returning to New England.
In a corresponding move, the Patriots signed center James Ferentz. Ferentz was with the Patriots in training camp this summer. He played two games for New England in 2018. He was released during 53-man roster cuts.