Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Lions, Texans interested in Pats CB Butler

Lions, Texans interested in Pats CB Butler

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.

The Lions were interested in Butler as a No. 2 cornerback, but after he chose the Titans, they reached agreement on a two-year, $10.3 million contract with their No. 2 cornerback from last season, Nevin Lawson, per Jason La Canfora.

With Aqib Talib traded to the Los Angeles Rams and Richard Sherman signing with the San Francisco 49ers, teams are turning their attention to another high profile cornerback on the market - Malcolm Butler. It's a move that Belichick repeatedly said was made for football reasons.

In order to secure Butler, the Titans had to splash some money. Butler is a well-known commodity to his new coaching and front office staffs; Mike Vrabel, a former Patriots linebacker will be his new head coach, while a former Patriots personnel staffer, Jon Robinson, is his new general manager.

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Butler returned to the Patriots in 2017 and had a self-described up-and-down season that culminated with Belichick's shocking decision not to play him on defense in Super Bowl LII.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Butler will be signing with the Titans and will be getting a five-year deal worth more than $61 million with more than $30 million guaranteed. Between those career landmarks, Butler started 54 of a possible 55 games and played more defensive snaps than any Patriots player. He was a Pro Bowler in 2015 and has eight interceptions through four seasons in the league.

Butler's departure leaves the Patriots with a need at cornerback this offseason.

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