It’s a somewhat surprising move considering how much Arrington struggled last season. New England was 29th against the pass and Arrington eventually lost his starting job. He was moved to the slot and recorded 62 tackles and zero interceptions.
Arrington was a playmaker two years ago when he recorded a team-high seven interceptions. Perhaps New England feels it can get closer to that level of production from Arrington in future seasons. In addition to Arrington, New England also signed former Buffalo Bills receiver Donald Jones on Friday.
Aqib Talib is the major, in-house cornerback for the Patriots. Due to character concerns, the market hasn't been very busy for Talib thus far. The Patriots would like to keep Talib with a short-term contract, but that will be determined by the market.