The Ravens added a big piece to their puzzle this offseason by grabbing recently released New England Patriot Kyle Arrington. Expected to be the Ravens' nickle corner out of the gate, Ozzie Newsome added depth to one of the more tricky positions on the roster.
One of the reasons that Arrington likely signed with the Ravens outside of going from one wining organization to another was that he wanted to return home. See, Arrington is from Maryland.
Arrington originally grew up in Accokeek Maryland and played high school ball for the Brandywine Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets. The Prince George's County school apparently churns out a few notable alumni, with Arrington, Rashad Carmichael (cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals), Adrian Moten (former linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts) and Phil Taylor (defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns).
"I'm relishing the opportunity to be able to be part of this organization," Arrington said. "When everything went down initially with my release, my [agents] were in contact with a few teams. When Ozzie [Newsome, Ravens general manager] gave us a call, the potential to be back here in Maryland, I was like a kid waiting on Christmas."
Arrington gets to reunite with defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who held the same position with the new England Patriots back in 2009 when Arrington was an undrafted rookie out of Hofstra.
"Kyle is a great get for us," Pees said. "His misfortune and bad news [in getting cut by the Patriots] is kind of surprising how good news it is for somebody else. I think that was great news for us."