FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Earlier this offseason, veteran safety Adrian Wilson orchestrated a deal with cornerback Kyle Arrington to wear number 24, which Wilson has worn throughout his 12-year NFL career.
Arrington, who agreed to the exchange, is getting used to now donning number 25.
"We're getting there, getting there," he said. "It meant more to him than it did to me. Whatever I can do to be a team player, to help the cohesiveness of the group jell, I'm all for it."
Wilson made sure the move was worth it for Arrington as well, offering a year's worth of diapers and, as a pot sweetener, to babysit for Arrington's recently born son.
It turns out the diaper supply is running out faster than Arrington anticipated.
"You know, they say it's a year supply, but we underestimated how much [my son goes to] the bathroom during the day," he said with a laugh. "We'll see how long it lasts. I might have to hit [Wilson] back up."
As for the babysitting offer, Arrington hasn't taken Wilson up on it as of yet.
"We're waiting on the right moment definitely," he said.
Arrington's son was born the day after he signed a new four-year deal with the Patriots (and a day prior to his anniversary with his wife), and he said one the biggest lessons he's learned from fatherhood is appreciating his sleep.
"I've never really been as grateful as I have these past few months in regards to sleep," he said while smiling. "Not taking that for granted any more."