OWINGS MILLS – There was only one subject that new Ravens cornerback Kyle Arrington was not eager to talk about Thursday. You guessed it – Deflategate. Now that Arrington is no longer with the Patriots, Tom Brady’s suspension and the Patriots’ punishment are no longer Arrington’s concern.
“Whatever situation they're dealing with up there, that’s really between them and, I guess, the commissioner,” Arrington said Thursday at his introductory press conference.
Arrington signed a three-year contract that is worth around $2.5 million per season, an NFL source told CSN Baltimore. At age 28, Arrington gives the Ravens an important addition – quality depth at the cornerback position. He figures to be the Ravens’ nickel cornerback, and if anything happens to either Jimmy Smith or Lardarius Webb, Arrington has the ability to start and play well.
“Kyle really is, I think, a great get for us,” said Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees. “I think his experience having played in really, really big games, and the biggest game is of great value to us. This isn’t a guy that’s coming in here with little experience. He has a lot of experience, a lot of starts.”
Joining the Ravens is an added bonus for Arrington, a Maryland native who went to Gwynn Park High School. His family is thrilled to have him back close to home.
“My dad turned the big 6-0, so we already had plans to be out celebrating his birthday yesterday at dinner,” Arrington said. “To officially get the word as we were heading towards dinner, we had a few things to celebrate. Like I said, (my) phone was blowing up. Family and friends – everybody is excited.”