Here are five reasons why the Ravens acted quickly to sign cornerback Kyle Arrington on Wednesday, just two days after the Patriots released him
1. The Ravens can’t begin another season thin at the cornerback position.
If anything happens to Jimmy Smith or Lardarius Webb, the Ravens don’t want to be as vulnerable as they were in 2014. Asa Jackson, Anthony Levine, Rashaan Melvin, and Tray Walker will also battle for the nickel cornerback spot. But none of them have the NFL resume that Arrington has.
2. It’s hard to have too many quality corners in the NFL.
With teams throwing so much, and using multiple receiver formations, it’s often necessary to have three corners on the field. Quarterbacks will find the weak link if there is one. But if Smith, Webb, and Arrington can all stay healthy, the Ravens may not have a weak link.
3. Arrington comes from a winning organization.
In six seasons with the Patriots, Arrington played in Super Bowls and playoffs games. Joining a team a team that practices hard and carries high expectations like the Ravens won’t faze him.
4. Quality cornerbacks are rarely available.
The Ravens signed Arrington just two days after the Patriots cut him. If a cornerback can play, he doesn’t stay on the market long. The Ravens needed to act quickly, and they did.
5. Arrington is durable.
He has only missed two games the past five seasons. Even if Smith and Webb do not stay healthy, history suggests that Arrington will.