Closer look at Arrington's deal

March, 21, 2013
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A closer look at the four-year, $16 million contract signed by cornerback Kyle Arrington:

Signing bonus: $6.5 million

2013
Base salary: $1 million (fully guaranteed)
Cap charge: $2.62 million
Incentives: $250,000 (Pro Bowl)

2014
Base salary: $2 million ($1 million guaranteed)
Cap charge: $3.62 million
Incentives: $250,000 (Pro Bowl)

2015
Base salary: $3 million
Cap charge: $4.625 million
Incentives: $250,000 (Pro Bowl)

2016
Base salary: $3.5 million
Cap charge: $5.125 million
Incentives: $250,000 (Pro Bowl)

QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: This deal reflects how highly the Patriots view Arrington, who finished last season as the team's slot cornerback. It is often said that a team's third cornerback is essentially a starter because of how often sub packages are utilized (57 percent of the time in 2012 for the Patriots), and this contract reinforces that thought. This is a nice deal for Arrington, who had never hit a big payday after entering the NFL as a rookie free agent in 2008.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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