Pride. This team has a lot of pride. We take this thing serious," cornerback Kyle Arrington said. "Never get down on each other and even on ourselves. As long as it’s still time left on the clock we’re going to fight.
Kyle is one of our hardest-working players,” Belichick said. “He’s been a very dependable and durable player that’s been out there a lot. “He’s come a long way from the practice squad to playing corner to playing inside in the nickel position. His reads and techniques and communication and overall understanding of what we’re doing and what our opponents are doing has improved every year. “He’s a lot more valuable to us now than he was obviously when he came here. But even progressively each year he continues to expand his value to the team because of his performance, improvement, and also his versatility.

Kyle Arrington the ‘big brother’ in Patriots secondary - Sports - The Boston Globe

Good stuff on an underrated member of the secondary. I was all for re-signing Arrington this offseason, though there were plenty out there ready to dub him the “worst corner in the NFL”. There’s no question he’s best inside, and hopefully the Pats can get healthy enough to put him there full time.

Arrington: Has arguably been the Patriots’ most consistent cornerback throughout camp, and could end up as one of the starting outside corners, especially if Alfonzo Dennard is suspended.

Haven’t made much mention of the divisive Arrington here, but I was all for his re-signing this offseason and was glad when they locked him up. You can’t put a price on his experience and versatility, despite how he’s definitely had some bad plays that have stuck out over the years. Fact is, he’s just entering his prime, and if he continues to progress he could grow into an excellent corner.

Kyle Arrington | New England Patriots Highlights | 2011-2012 | HD (by ThePatriotWayMixes)

Kyle Arrington Looks Ahead (by ESPN)

"The icing on the cake was he’s going to come over and babysit a few times," Arrington, who will now wear 25, said with a laugh. 

Kyle Arrington has re-signed with the Patriots on a four-year deal. This is another move that I was in favor of. I know a lot of Patriots fans aren’t big Arrington fans, but cornerbacks like him, that stay healthy, can play inside or out, and have experience in the system are hard to come by. He should excel if he’s kept inside in the slot, though he actually did a good job in the AFC Championship after Aqib Talib got hurt.

Kyle Arrington has re-signed with the Patriots on a four-year deal. This is another move that I was in favor of. I know a lot of Patriots fans aren’t big Arrington fans, but cornerbacks like him, that stay healthy, can play inside or out, and have experience in the system are hard to come by. He should excel if he’s kept inside in the slot, though he actually did a good job in the AFC Championship after Aqib Talib got hurt.

Tough, smart, physical. Versatile — outside and inside. Love playing in the kicking game — that’s one of the things where you get a lot of guys, especially older veterans, who [say] ‘that’s for the young guys.’ But honestly, I love running down there, especially on kickoff, trying to hit somebody. … We preach situational football and there are a lot of things I’ve learned under the Patriots and Bill [Belichick], in particular, that aren’t harped on with any other team. We have veterans who have been in other programs that come in and say the same thing.

Good take from James Ermilio on one of the most polarizing players in the Patriots secondary. I agree with what he lays out. It’s nearly impossible to find versatile corners who can stay healthy. Arrington isn’t a shutdown corner, but when used right he’s really solid.

It’s easy to pick on corners because when they make a mistake it likely ends up on the scoreboard. But I think Arrington is a safe investment and should give the Pats some good depth at multiple spots in their secondary.

Although the market for CBs is inflated in a passing league, Arrington might still be had relatively cheaply. At 26, a two-year deal that keeps his cap hit manageable (he had an $825,000 base in 2012) should be doable for both sides. As a fan? All I ask is that you look beyond Arrington’s talk-radio reputation and appreciate him for what he is: a good, versatile, hard-working corner with room to grow.

KA gets a lot of flack on the internet, but I’m all for bringing him back if it’s to play the star position exclusively. He led the NFL in interceptions in 2011, is durable and can play a lot of different places. He’s good insurance all around.

There has been mutual interest between Kyle Arrington and the Patriots in keeping the cornerback with the team, and contract negotiations won’t be a sure thing.