BOSTON (CBS) — In somewhat of a surprising move, the New England Patriots have reportedly cut another member of their secondary.
The Patriots informed corner Kyle Arrington of his release on Monday.
Arrington played in 86 games for the Patriots over six seasons, registering nine interceptions (including seven in the 2011 season), five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He saw a decrease in action in 2014 with Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner getting most of the work in the New England secondary, recording a career-low 39 combined tackles with no interceptions.
He also struggled during New England’s Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seattle Seahawks, and was eventually replaced by late-game hero Malcolm Butler.
As ESPN’s Mike Reiss noted, there’s a chance that Arrington returns to the team after reworking his contract. He signed a four-year, $16-million deal with the team back in 2013 and was scheduled to earn $3 million this season, with a $4.625 million hit against the salary cap.
However, Arrington later thanked the Patriots and his fans on Instagram, making it seem like a return is unlikely.