New England Patriots franchise owner Robert Kraft recently concluded all the speculations and they are not planning to trade prized cornerback Malcolm Butler amid NFL rumors of an impending deal with the New Orleans Saints for the three-year professional American football player. Robert Kraft disclosed that he has “great affection” for the cornerback and wants him to play for his franchise this 2017 NFL season.
The West Alabama product Butler is an important player in the New England Patriots‘ wins during Super Bowls XLIX and LI. During NFL’s Super Bowl XLIX, Butler intercepted the Seattle Seahawks franchise quarterback Russell Wilson’s pass with 20 seconds time left in the game, preserving the massive victory for New England Patriots. The one-time Pro-Bowler was landed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent dating back in 2014.
Talking to the reporters during the National Football League’s annual owner’s meeting, Kraft said he “sure hope so” Butler will stay in New England Patriots next season. Kraft then disclosed that the club have already submitted an contract extension offer to him and are just waiting for the cornerback’s response.
“We have an offer sheet out to him and I know he has the ability to go out in the market and get someone to sign him,” said New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, per Chat Sports. “I hope he’s with us and signs his offer sheet and plays for us. I have a great affection for him. He was part of probably the greatest play in the history of our team.”
Malcolm Butler is a restricted free agent and the New England Patriots just placed a first-round tender worth $3.91 million on him for the coming 2017 NFL season. NFL rumors suggests that Malcolm Butler desires a long-term contract deal and so he opted to start negotiating with the New Orleans Saints this month.
Should the deal with the New Orleans Saints does not push through, then Malcolm Butler will have to play for the Patriots under the tender in 2017 NFL season before becoming an unrestricted free agent during the 2018 offseason. According to NFL rules, the New England Patriots — just like the rest of the teams in the league — are only allowed to trade a player should he inks the tender.