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Patriots to release veteran CB Kyle Arrington

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The Patriots reportedly informed cornerback Kyle Arrington of his release on Monday. Getty Images/Todd Warshaw

Three of the New England Patriots’ four most primary cornerbacks in 2014 will not be back with the team in 2015.

The Patriots informed cornerback Kyle Arrington of his release on Monday.

Arrington played in 14 games in 2014, with four starts, and allowed a total of 34 catches on 57 targets (59.6 percent) for 497 yards with a touchdown and three passes defensed, according to stats website Pro Football Focus.

“Want to take the moment to thank the New England Patriot organization for an incredible opportunity to be apart of such a first class franchise the last six years,” Arrington wrote in an Instagram post Monday. “Definitely want to thank the fans and New England community as well. This has been my home away from home and it’s been an amazing journey. From ’09-’14 you guys weren’t just my teammates, you are my brothers! Always……#PatsNation.”

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His release is just the latest in a series of moves that have resulted in a complete overhaul in the Patriots’ secondary.

Cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner were the first to go, with both men leaving during the first wave of the free agency period. The Patriots released Alfonzo Dennard a few days after the 2015 NFL Draft.

Currently, there are only two cornerbacks on the Patriots’ roster with any starting experience on the team’s defense: Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler. The Patriots signed three veteran corners earlier in free agency: Bradley Fletcher, Chimdi Chekwa and Robert McClain. They also drafted super athlete cornerback Darryl Richard in the seventh round.

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The Patriots are likely to hold an open competition between those cornerbacks in hopes that one or more will step up and earn starting roles. There’s also the possibility that Arrington could be back with the team in 2015 at a reduced salary.

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss was the first to report that Arrington had been released.

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