The Patriots and cornerback Kyle Arrington have an agreement in principle on a four-year contract, according to a league source.
Reports have the deal with a total value of $16 million, with $8.5 million in guarantees and a $6 million signing bonus.
Arrington (5-foot-10, 195) finished last season No. 3 on the team's cornerback depth chart. His best fit has been in the slot, but he has also played on the outside.
The 26-year-old Arrington first joined the Patriots in 2009 and worked his way up from practice squad player, to special teams contributor, to a regular part of the defensive rotation (he played 75 percent of the defensive snaps last season). He also is part of the Patriots' special teams units.
With top cornerback Aqib Talib still unsigned, and uncertainty surrounding the availability of No. 2 cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, bringing Arrington back to the fold was viewed as an important piece of the team's plans.
Shortly after agreeing to return, Arrington tweeted the following:
Thankful and Blessed for another opportunity. Extremely grateful for all the support from the New England community and beyond. #Patsnation
— Kyle Arrington (@Arrington24_7) March 15, 2013