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Kyle Arrington has become the poster child for a porous Patriots pass defense that has been torched every year that he's been a starter. But Arrington is also one of the team's most experienced and versatile defensive backs, and he rarely gets injured.
While there have been plenty of negative moments over Arrington's three years of starting for the Patriots, he's also put forth a strong end to his 2012 season.
After being moved back to primarily a slot corner role, Arrington has really started to excel, and despite some of his past struggles, he could really have a future if he continues to stay at this position and help out on special teams.
You cannot discount Arrington's experience and continued health in the Patriots system, especially when it's been so impossible for the Pats to not only find good cornerbacks, but ones who can actually stay on the field.
Still, once Bill Belichick reaches the end of the road with a player, the end is often swift. Just look at how he discarded Ellis Hobbs and Darius Butler.
Once he doesn't think you've got a future anymore, you're gone.
However, Arrington was out of position at outside corner. If the Pats can plot a course going forward with him staying in the slot, where his physicality and talent for blitzing can be maximized, then he should be able to secure another contract with New England.