FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots kept another free agent from leaving, re-signing cornerback Leigh Bodden to a four-year deal.

Bodden’s deal, which was announced by his agent on Twitter, came the same day the Patriots confirmed they re-signed defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. Wilfork and his agent announced the deal Saturday.

“We don’t think there’s a better player on the marketplace for this team” than Wilfork, said the Patriots’ owner, Robert Kraft, on WEEI-AM. “We’ve been able to sign a number of our guys this year that we felt were No. 1 or 2 in the marketplace.”

Bodden was considered by many to be the top cornerback on the free-agent market, and he visited Houston but left Monday without agreeing to a deal. His agent, Alvin Keels, tweeted on Tuesday, “Leigh Bodden has officially agreed to terms with the New England Patriots on a 4-year deal thru the 2013 season.”

• New England re-signed a longtime starting offensive lineman, Stephen Neal.

 

BROWNS: Quarterback Derek Anderson’s uneven five-year stint with Cleveland came to an end when the team released the one-time Pro Bowl quarterback, one day after acquiring backup Seneca Wallace in a trade from Seattle.

Anderson, 26, made the Pro Bowl in 2007 when he threw 29 touchdown passes and led the club to a 10-6 record. But his promising career has been in a tailspin since. He lost his starting job to Brady Quinn at the start of last season, got it back, lost it again, returned to the starting lineup when Quinn got hurt and won Cleveland’s last two games.

 

VIKINGS: Minnesota and cornerback Benny Sapp agreed to terms on a new contract.

Sapp started a total of seven games last season while filling in for an injured starter, Antoine Winfield.

• Minnesota signed kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd to a two-year contract.

 

BEARS: Kevin Jones, an injury-plagued running back, was released by Chicago.

 

PACKERS: Green Bay signed wide receiver Charles Dillon, a first-year player who spent time in Indianapolis’ camp in 2008.

 

DOLPHINS: Nose tackle Jason Ferguson was re-signed by Miami even though he faces a suspension for the first eight games of this season for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances.

 

LAWYERS FINISHED their closing arguments in the trial of Willie Clark, the man charged with first-degree murder in the death of Denver cornerback Darrent Williams.

 

SAINTS: GM Mickey Loomis said the club agreed to re-sign reserve defensive back Leigh Torrence to a one-year contract.

 

EAGLES: Quarterback Michael Vick said Philadelphia exercised its 2010 option on him, meaning he’ll receive a $1.5 million roster bonus sometime this week.

• Dozens of protesters lined up outside a banquet hall in Baltimore where Michael Vick said he was “very humbled” to be honored as one of the 32 NFL players to receive the Ed Block Courage Award.

 

CHIEFS: Kansas City signed free-agent running back Thomas Jones, who led New York to the AFC championship game last season and was the NFL’s third-leading rusher.

 

ROBERT DE NIRO is set to play Vince Lombardi in an upcoming movie.

 

BENGALS: Receiver Terrell Owens headed to Cincinnati to see if the team was interested in adding him to its stalled-out passing game.

 

BRONCOS: Denver continued beefing up its defensive line, signing unrestricted free agents Jamal Williams and Jarvis Green.

Williams, a 12-year veteran, was the run-stuffing anchor of the San Diego Chargers’ defensive line. Green spent his first eight NFL seasons in New England.

 

GIANTS: After six years backing up Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, QB Jim Sorgi will get a chance to do the same for Peyton’s brother, Eli. New York signed Sorgi to a one-year deal.

 

STEELERS: Pittsburgh made a pair of surprise moves by re-signing safety Ryan Clark and bringing back wide receiver Antwaan Randle El.