Kyle Arrington is due to become a free agent on Monday at 4 p.m., but the corner indicated on Thursday that his heart is in New England.

“I’m such a loyal guy,” said Arrington. “Bill (Belichick) and the Patriots gave me my first opportunity to play regularly. I want to stay; they want to keep me and both sides want to work something out.”

After tying for the league lead in interceptions in 2011 with seven, Arrington started this past season on the outside but moved into the “star” position which covers the receiver lined up in the slot.

He didn’t have any interceptions in 2012, but his strength and quickness helped him play well in that role. A sure tackler and good special teams player, Arrington finished the season with 54 tackles.

“There’s a lot of value in being versatile and playing multiple positions,” said the 26-year-old. “Hopefully I can return a kick one of these days.”

Arrington didn’t want to comment on current negotiations with the Patriots. If there is no deal struck prior to Monday, there will likely be a solid market for him around the league.