Baltimore Ravens Sign Cornerback Kyle Arrington


Dec 14, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) smiles at the bench after returning a blocked field goal for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Like they always say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.  After rumblings that the Baltimore Ravens were interested in signing former New England Patriot cornerback Kyle Arrington and a confirmation from the team that they were interested in signing a veteran corner, Adam Schefter is passing along word from Arrington’s agent that he has indeed signed with the Ravens.

It seemed all along that the Ravens were poised to add a veteran corner to their backfield after waiting until the fourth round of the draft to select one.  Arrington gives the Ravens flexibility with the ability to play corner or safety, and adds another veteran presence to the unit.

Kyle Arrington was the last remaining member of the Patriot’s starting cornerback trio from last season, when they won the Super Bowl.  He figures to be the favorite to start at slot corner for the Ravens this coming season, with incumbents Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb playing on the outside.

Arrington was solid for the Patriots last season, ranking as the 36th best cornerback out of 108 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus’ rankings.  His best work, however, came in the regular season.  Arrington was burned for 112 yards and gave up a 118.8 rating in the Super Bowl against the Seahawks.

That, combined with the Patriot’s tight salary cap situation, likely forced their hand.  Arrington may not be the savior for the Ravens’ defensive backfield, but he is exactly what they need right now – a bit of veteran depth who can help solidify a position that has been a turnstile since Corey Graham left.

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