Malcolm Butler Signing With Titans After Four Seasons With Patriots

Ross Houston
March 14, 2018

The Patriots did not extend his contract past year and instead put him on a first-round tender that gave him $3.9 million. It's a move that Belichick repeatedly said was made for football reasons.

A contract at that level will position the New England Patriots for a possible high compensatory draft choice in 2019.

Butler was released by the Patriots after a season in which he tallied 55 tackles, two interceptions and 12 passes defensed.

According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Titans will sign Butler to a five-year deal worth $61 million, with $30 million guaranteed.

The worst kept secret this offseason was that Butler wouldn't return to the Patriots, but the departure is a reminder of how far the 28-year-old has come over the last four years.

Just three years ago, cornerback Malcolm Butler was the darling of the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory, intercepting Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to seal his team's win. He rose to unexpected fame with his Super Bowl interception, and the team showed its faith in him the following season, in 2015, by elevating him to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart to replace departed free agent Darrelle Revis.

At that point, no one knew if Butler would remain a flash-in-the-pan Super Bowl hero or make something of himself.

But it's clear that neither that game nor the Super Bowl benching had much of an effect on Butler's market. Despite the Lions appearing to be in the finals of the Butler sweepstakes, the rising cornerback is signing with the Titans instead. Rowe, Jones and Jones all suffered serious injuries in 2017, and Gilmore missed a month with a concussion. Butler will also get his chance at revenge when the Patriots take on the Titans, in Tennessee, next season.

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