After the verdict on Alfonzo Dennard, the New England Patriots cornerback situation has become murkier with Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington, and Marquice Cole set to hit the free agent market this offseason. This has seemingly put more of an emphasis for the Pats on examining outside options and, more importantly, putting an emphasis on keeping their own.
Talib is obviously the headliner at the cornerback position, but Kyle Arrington is also a quality piece who is an impending free agent. One of the better slot corners in the NFL, Arrington would likely come on the cheap and is somebody who embraces the Patriot Way. He also fits what the Pats are looking for in the nickel as a pass rusher and very strong run defender, and Arrington is actually above-average in coverage as long as he is the nickel. Once he is moved to the outside, then, well, disaster could trike.
According to a source close to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the New England Patriots will meet with Kyle Arrington’s representative at the NFL Combine in the hopes of getting things going on negotiations. Howe notes the mutual interest between both parties, and he also noted that Arrington has shown his versatility and importance to this squad by contributing on special teams.
I know Arrington isn’t the most popular player on the Patriots, but most fans realize that he is a quality cog for this team as a nickel corner and would have a more than affordable price tag for the Patriots. With uncertainty at the cornerback position, it’s nice to know that Arrington will always be there in the middle and doing what he can to help the team.
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