Beyond the Big 3: Kyle Arrington
March, 6, 2013
By Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com
Much of the attention around pending Patriots free agent has been paid to Wes Welker, Aqib Talib and Sebastian Vollmer, three of the team's critical starters. But the Patriots have a number of other free agents who could hit the open market on March 12, and we'll use this space to review them and recap their 2012 season.
AP Photo/Paul JasienskiCount on at least one team banking on getting the 2011 version of Kyle Arrington instead of the guy that showed up in 2012.
Player: Kyle Arrington
Key 2012 stats: 16 games played, 12 starts, 74 tackles, 1 forced fumble
Playing time (defense): 838 of 1,112 (75.4 percent)
2012 season recap: After beginning the season as a starter, Arrington fell down the depth chart to become the Patriots' nickel cornerback. He didn't manage a single interception after tying for the NFL-lead with 7 in 2011, although he was once again solid as a run defender, notching 74 tackles. Arrington had some struggles on the perimeter as an outside cornerback, though he finished the season with a respectable performance when Aqib Talib went down in the AFC Championship game. Alfonzo Dennard and Talib finished the season as starters after Devin McCourty was pushed to safety and Arrington struggled.
Projection: Not re-signed; lands a three-year deal elsewhere worth up to $15 million. Ultimately, look for another team to give Arrington an offer too good to refuse. Cornerback Aaron Ross earned a three-year contract for up to $15.3 million last offseason from the Jaguars, and that seems like a reasonable barometer for Arrington this offseason. If a team believes it is getting the 2011 version of Arrington, it will consider this a good deal for a starting-level corner.