The New England Patriots have re-signed Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcolm Butler to a 2-year deal, with the potential to make 9 million dollars. Butler was benched just a few years later in Super Bowl LII, and signed with the Tennessee Titans that offseason.
Butler was once a pro-bowl cornerback, but that was in 2015. The Patriots traded away Stephon Gilmore during the 2021 season, and lost JC Jackson to free agency this offseason. It is very obvious the team is not looking to spend big money this offseason.
Butler is not a replacement for either of those all-pro corners, but he adds depth. The Patriots are currently very thin at that position, Jalen Mills, Jonathan Jones, and Myles Bryant are their three best corners currently.
Butler gives them a veteran who is familiar with the team and coaching, and someone who can potentially help rookies and young players on the Patriots next season. He is not expected to be their new number 1 corner.
Butler last played in the 2020 season with the Tennessee Titans. He had 4 interceptions and 14 passes defended. He was solid the last time he was playing in the NFL.
This is a classic Belichick move. Malcolm Butler becomes another player who leaves NE for more money, underperforms in their new situation, and then comes back to NE on a cheaper deal.
No matter how this stint goes for Butler and the Pats, they will always have the interception. He has a lasting mark on New England Patriots history.
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