The New England Patriots‘ controversial cornerback Malcolm Butler rejoined his teammates at Gillette Stadium this week.
A new report from CSNNE.com’s Mike Giardi stated on Thursday that the New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler “badly” wanted to be traded to the New Orleans. The Saints showed massive interest in him prior to the start of 2017 NFL Draft, and only is back in Foxborough because the cornerback has exhausted his options.
“He wanted to be traded,” Giardi said on CSNNE. “He knew what the money was in New Orleans. So when we talk about him, ‘Oh, he’s happy. It’s nice that he’s joined his teammates again.’ He had no other choice.”
The 27-year-old Pro Bowl-caliber Malcolm Butler waited more than a month to officially sign his restricted free agent tender, visiting with the New Orleans Saints in the interim. Malcolm Butler — who signed with the New England Patriots after going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft out of University of West Alabama — scheduled to pocket just $3.91 million this upcoming 2017 NFL season, nearly $10 million less than new teammate Stephon Gilmore’s salary.
As one of the best cornerbacks on the New England Patriots roster, Butler deserves a pretty big contract deal and it looks like the defending champions aren’t willing to shell out for him. Gilmore, a Pro Bowl cornerback with the Buffalo Bills last season, signed a $65 million-worth of five-year contract with the New England Patriots shortly after free agency period kicked off back in March.
“(Butler) wanted New Orleans,” Giardi said. “He wanted them badly. They couldn’t work out a deal. So what’s he supposed to do now? Sit at home? No, you suck it up. You have to turn yourself back into a Patriot at least for a year and hope. Who knows, maybe you do your work and maybe they say, ‘Hey, Malcolm, you know what, we can’t give you Gilmore money. But maybe we can find something. Maybe we’ve got $10 or $11 million.’ ”
Malcolm Butler has been Patriots No. 1 cornerback since Darrelle Revis left the New England after the 2014 NFL season. It will be more interesting to see how or should his role will change with Gilmore now in the team. Gilmore is expected to either compete with Butler for the No. 1 cornerback job or fill the No. 2 left by Logan Ryan, who signed with the Tennessee Titans during the free agency. The rest of the New England Patriots’ secondary should remain principally intact.
It’s indeed hard to say whether the NFL rumors are legitimate. But Butler wanted a big contract deal and the Saints were willing to give him that salary. Nevertheless, a trade for Malcolm Butler is all but gone now. The New Orleans selected Marshon Lattimore in the recently concluded 2017 NFL Draft and Butler attended offseason workouts. It’s unclear what will happen next season, but we will not be shocked if Malcolm Butler ends up with the New Orleans Saints.