Now that the New England Patriots‘ season is finally over, it is fair to form a complete opinion on the players on the roster. In the case of Kyle Arrington, the common opinion has not changed. He is still a below-average cornerback, and for some reason is still on this team.
Many people did not expect Nick Caserio to go out and re-sign Arrington once the beleaguered cornerback hit unrestricted free agency last offseason. Yet, to the chagrin of these folks, Arrington was re-signed to a four-year, $16 million contract with $7.5 million guaranteed. Luckily, Caserio only guaranteed Arrington’s $6.5 million signing bonus and first base salary ($1 million).
What that means is that Arrington’s base salaries are non-guaranteed from here on out. Up next is a non-guaranteed base salary of $2 million in 2014. Some people would look at that figure and think that it is not too hefty. Well, it is time to think again.
In terms of sheer talent, Arrington is the fourth-most valuable cornerback on the Patriots’ roster. If one is to do good business, then he or she would want to pay the fourth-best cornerback less money than the three cornerbacks that are better than him. But that would not be happening in New England, as Arrington’s base salary would surpass that of Logan Ryan’s ($495,000) and Alfonzo Dennard’s ($480,000).
The reality of the fact was that Arrington was one of the three starting cornerbacks for most of the season, but that was when his base salary was guaranteed. Now Caserio and/or the coaches owe Arrington nothing, so he must be evaluated for his subpar play on the field. And if that evaluation is to truly be made, Arrington must be released.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.