Ravens Reach Agreement With Cornerback Kyle Arrington


Ozzie Newsome told PSL owners on a conference call Tuesday night that he was in the market for free-agent corners.

He's backed up that statement.

Newsome and the Ravens reached a three-year deal with veteran cornerback Kyle Arrington, who was recently released by the New England Patriots.

Arrington, 28, has spent the last six seasons in New England. He's been a starter off and on since 2010, and he's collected nine interceptions, five forced fumbles and three sacks during that time.

The Patriots released Arrington as part of a salary dump because he was scheduled to count $4.625 million against the cap. They were reportedly trying to bring him back at a reduced rate before the Ravens reached a deal with him.

The seven-year veteran gives the Ravens a proven veteran who will compete for playing time at the third cornerback spot behind starters Jimmy Smith and Ladarius Webb. Arrington actually has more playing experience than anybody else in Baltimore's secondary.

"We are still looking for defensive backs," Head Coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday. "There's no doubt about it. We want to add some competition in there."

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound defender excels as a slot cornerback. He's shut down some of the game's best slot receivers over the years, including Wes Welker, Victor Cruz and T.Y. Hilton.

The Ravens wanted to add depth to the defensive secondary after seeing the group get riddled with injuries in 2014. Smith and Webb are both expected to return to full strength this year, but last year showed that the Ravens need depth at one of the NFL's most critical positions.

With Webb and Smith healthy, along with the additions of Arrington and veteran safety Kendrick Lewis, the Ravens expect the secondary to make significant strides this season.

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