Malcolm Butler to sign with Titans

Tanya Simon
March 14, 2018

Derek Simpson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Butler will sign the deal, which includes more than $30 million guaranteed, once free agency begins.

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He figures to slide in at the top of the Titans depth chart alongside Adoree' Jackson and his former Patriots teammate Logan Ryan. Despite Butler's benching, he's a bona fide starter, and now he has the contract to prove it.

Butler will be playing for former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, a first-year head coach in Tennessee. When the Patriots loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Butler was stationed on the sideline, never seeing a snap.

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He was sick in the days before New England left for the Super Bowl in Minnesota, but after medical treatment arrived a day after the team and took part in practice sessions. Butler intercepted Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson at the goal line, delivering a victory for the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. And according to Mike Giardi of NBC Sports Boston, he's "quite interested" in bringing in Butler, who is a free agent after a tumultuous year in New England. Butler and Ryan were the Patriots starting cornerbacks in Super Bowl LI.

As for the Patriots, they'll move on without one of their best cornerbacks. It is true that the team is renowned for its "next man up" philosophy.

Still, the Patriots will likely try to find added depth at cornerback.

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