Now for the part of the story that you care about. Would Arrington, a 28-year-old six-year NFL veteran, be a good fit for the New York Giants?
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo admitted over the weekend that the slot cornerback role for the Giants is unclear entering the 2015 season.
"That's one we're trying to feel through, to be honest with you. You'll probably see as we go through the OTA's that there'll be a number of guys working in and out of there. In this league nowadays, there are a lot of three wideout sets. That means you've got to match them in a lot of cases and put another DB out there, so I'm not sure I have an answer for that right now," Spagnuolo said.
Spagnuolo mentioned Trumaine McBride, Mike Harris and Josh Gordy as players who have played in the slot. The Giants also have 2012 third-round pick Jayron Hosley, drafted as a slot corner but a flop thus far in his career. The Giants also said over the weekend that Chykie Brown will remain at corner, but he seems like more of an outside guy.
Arrington, who came into the league in 2009 as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has been with the Patriots since midway through that rookie season. He has extensive experience in the slot, and has started 56 of the 87 regular-season games he has played in.
In a post acknowledge the reported release of Arrington, SB Nation's Pats Pulpit wrote:
Arrington is considered one of the top slot corners in the league, but he's offered limited special teams value in recent seasons, and he's shown multiple times that he struggles when asked to move to the outside. His weaknesses were highlighted in the Super Bowl when he was beaten multiple times for large gains, before he was benched for Logan Ryan.
Asked for further analysis of Arrington, Rich Hill of Pat Pulpit sent this via e-mail:
"Arrington is a really good slot corner with some ST value as a gunner. The Patriots were overpaying him at $4mm per season, but I really don't see why they cut him. He was a good locker room influence and he did whatever the coaches asked.
"Just, for the love of all that is holy, don't ask him to cover outside on the sidelines. He's Bradley Fletcher-on-Dez level when outside. He shuts down T.Y. Hilton type players with ease, which might actually be good if y'all play DJax and Agholor 2x."
In 451 defensive snaps in 2014, Arrington had a +0.6 Pro Football Focus grade. He had an 83.4 passer rating against, surrendering 25 completions on 45 targets (55.6 percent). He played 151 of those snaps in the slot, with an 83.9 passer rating against. Arrington has played extensively in the slot for New England every season since 2011.
Arrington, obviously, has more experience in the slot than any current Giants cornerback. He has spent more than five seasons in a winning program. He will be 29 when the 2015 season begins. Would you like to see the Giants snap him up if the opportunity presents itself?