According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the New England Patriots and cornerback Kyle Arrington have come to terms on a 2-year contract extension. Arrington, who was with the Patriots last season will reportedly earn $525,000 in 2011 and $850,000 in 2012 and also earned a signing bonus of $400,000. Arrington was an exclusive rights free agent this offseason
Arrington played a very vital role in the Patriots secondary last season. With Leigh Bodden’s preseason injury sidelining him for the rest of the season, Arrington played alongside rookie Devin McCourty as the other cornerback in the Patriots defense. With Bodden back this season, Arrington will likely compete with Darius Butler for the third cornerback role on the team.
Last season for the Patriots, Arrington recorded 71 tackles and one interception in 16 games last season. His agents Sean Stellato and Richard Kopeland of Klass Sports both agree Arrington is well deserving of a new contract.
“We are extremely pleased that the Patriots rewarded Kyle for his contributions last year and recognize that he will be a contributor for the foreseeable future,” Kopelman said.
Added Stellato, “Being able to put this deal together resonated for me, because like Kyle, I played Division I-AA football and know first-hand how difficult it is for guys coming from those programs to succeed in the NFL. This is a testament to Kyle’s character and the Patriots’ ability to recognize talent when they go unnoticed by other organizations.”