What makes Malcolm Butler worth more than $30 million in guarantees? The New Orleans Saints, who considered trying to acquire Butler before trading wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Patriots previous year, have shown a renewed interest, per Dianna Russini of ESPN.
He has eight interceptions and four forced fumbles in 59 career regular-season games (48 starts) since making the Patriots as an undrafted free agent from West Alabama in 2014. It seemed to be such a disappointing end to a tenure that saw Butler become a Super Bowl hero.
BC-FBN-Titans-Butler, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 418Agent: Malcolm Butler agrees to 5-year deal with TitansAP Photo NY200Eds: Corrects that Super Bowl win over Seahawks was not Patriots' most recent. Over the past two years, Butler continued to prove that his Super Bowl XLIX heroics were no fluke. In 2016, he had four interceptions and was a first-team All-Pro on Pro Football Focus.
Butler's story with the Patriots took a turn for the worse last offseason.
Rex Burkhead is also a free agent. Instead, that went to Stephon Gilmore.
While there is a lot of stability on the Patriots roster from 2017 to 2018, the few big names that could depart are impact players. The New Orleans Saints hosted Butler on a visit but never signed him to an offer sheet. After the game, in an emotional moment, Butler said the Patriots gave up on him. Instead, he's poised to cash in as one of the highest-paid defensive stars signed in free agency. Butler and Ryan were the Patriots starting cornerbacks in Super Bowl LI.