The Ravens valued Kyle Arrington's ability as a slot corner, yet they needed some more room under the salary cap. Arrington, a Maryland native, wanted to stay close to home and improve on his difficult first season with the team.
The 29-year-old corner agreed Wednesday to take a pay cut to stay with the Ravens. The details of the cut aren't currently known. However, coupled with the restructure of guard Marshal Yanda's deal, the Ravens opened up some much-needed salary cap space.
They entered the day with the fewest space in the NFL.
Arrington, who signed a three-year, $7 million deal with the Ravens after his release by the New England Patriots last May, played in 15 games in 2015, starting four, and had 28 tackles, three passes defended and one forced fumble.
Lardarius Webb's move from the outside to the slot often left Arrington working on the outside, which isn't his strength as a 5-foot-10, 190-pound corner.
He was passed on the depth chart by Will Davis and Shareece Wright at different points of the season, but the Ravens value his experience and he's the most accomplished slot corner they have.
Arrington will likely compete with Davis for the No. 3 corner role with Jimmy Smith and Wright starting on the outside. The Ravens are also expected to add another cornerback either in free agency or via the draft.