Malcolm Butler reportedly will sign 5-year deal with Titans


On Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported Houston is "among several National Football League teams displaying interest" in the New England Patriots cornerback. The New Orleans Saints, who considered trying to acquire Butler before trading wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Patriots a year ago, have shown a renewed interest, per Dianna Russini of ESPN.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Butler deal is worth $61 million, with more than $30 million guaranteed. While Butler played in 97.8 percent of the team's regular-season snaps and every postseason snap, he played just one snap, which was on special teams, during the Super Bowl. Butler worked his way onto the depth chart in 2015 and made a crucial play in the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks, intercepting a pass at the goal line that helped the Patriots hold on to win.

Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune called New Orleans' interest in Butler "nothing new as the Saints hosted him on a visit last March while he was a restricted free agent".

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In potentially signing with the Titans, Butler joins former Patriots player and current Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel.

Butler's Patriots career ended on a odd, disappointing note as Bill Belichick benched him for all defensive snaps in Super Bowl LII. That offseason, the Patriots signed corner Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million contract.

Still, he is only 28 years old and played all 16 games in each of the last three seasons while tallying eight interceptions during that span. Butler had his best seasons while playing with Ryan in New England's secondary.