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It seems Bill Belichick isn’t finished retooling the defensive backfield just yet.
According to ESPNBoston’s Mike Reiss, the Patriots have informed cornerback Kyle Arrington that he will be released from the team later today.
An NFL vet of seven seasons, Arrington has played and excelled as the team’s slot corner in recent years, working his way out of a practice squad position and into the full-time role as a speedy, agile, sideline-to-sideline corner.
The release of Arrington is questionable to say the least, however, Reiss pointed out that a reunion between Arrington, who carried a $4.625 cap hit for 2015-16 and was scheduled to earn $3 million, and the Patriots has not been ruled out.
In six years as a Patriot, Arrington appeared in 86 games and started 56, snagging nine interceptions, forcing five fumbles, recovering three and recording 362 total tackles.
With the release of Arrington, it marks the third starting cornerback from Super Bowl XLIX to leave the Patriots this offseason, joining Darrelle Revis (New York Jets) and Brandon Browner (New Orleans). The Patriots also released Aflonzo Dennard last week.