Good news for Patriots fans Friday night, with Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reporting that cornerback Kyle Arrington has signed a two-year contract.


Arrington made some great plays last year, including this touchdown run following a blocked field goal in week 4 against Miami. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

Accoording to the report the deal has a maximum value of $3.275 million, which includes base salaries of $525,000 in 2011 in 2011, and $850,000 in 2012.  He also reportedly received a $400,000 signing bonus.

Arrington, who was an exclusive rights free agent, stepped up big for New England last year and helped solidify the right cornerback position opposite then-rookie Devin McCourty, making his first start in week 3 after Darius Butler was benched.  He went on to start 14 games last season, and was a big part of the improvement the secondary saw as the season wore on during the Patriots 14-2 finish last year.

He also made some big plays.  He returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown against the Dolphins in Miami during a week 4 41-14 blowout victory, and even recorded his first career interception in Week 15 against the Packers, picking off quarterback Matt Flynn and returning it 36 yards for a touchdown in a 31-27 Sunday night win at Gillette Stadium.

The great thing is, New England wasn’t even under an obligation to give him a contract with that length, so the fact that they did shows they appreciated that performance.

Arrington is heading into his third season with the Patriots, and finished last season with 71 tackles, one interception, and five passes defensed.