Multiple teams reported to have interest in Malcolm Butler

Annette Crawford
March 14, 2018

With Butler off the team, New England could be looking for his replacement this offseason in either free agency or the draft.

The free agent cornerback is no longer a Patriot, signing a 5-year contract with the Tennessee Titans, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

ESPN reported last week that the New York Jets also are expected to have interest in Butler. Butler developed into one of the league's best cornerbacks and was named to his only Pro Bowl in 2015, though he was named second-team All-Pro in 2016. He was the hero in their Super Bowl win over the Seahawks, but he became a huge storyline after being benched in the Super Bowl.

Butler surprisingly didn't play a defensive snap in the New England Patriots' 41-33 Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles for what coach Bill Belichick described as a coaching decision.

Butler spent the first four seasons of his career in New England, making the Pro Bowl once and winning two Super Bowls.

Butler struggled in coverage at times in 2017, but still finished the year with 60 tackles, 12 passes defensed, and a pair of interceptions in 15 regular season games for the Patriots.

He figures to slide in at the top of the Titans depth chart alongside Adoree' Jackson and his former Patriots teammate Logan Ryan. That's close to the $40 million guaranteed that Stephon Gilmore received from the Patriots a year ago. Their depth chart at the position now consists of Gilmore, Eric Rowe, Cyrus Jones, Jonathan Jones and practice squadders Ryan Lewis and Jomal Wiltz.

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