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.