Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Multiple teams reported to have interest in Malcolm Butler

Multiple teams reported to have interest in Malcolm Butler

Butler has spent his entire National Football League career to this point with New England but is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, per Spotrac.

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. On Tuesday, the former All-Pro cornerback agreed to a five-year, $61 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, that will include more than $30 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

An overlooked prospect in 2014 out of Division II West Alabama, he had been invited to New England for a tryout and earned a contract on the offseason 90-man roster nearly a month after the draft. 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. But the corner will best be remembered for his unforgettable game-sealing interception (and several other great plays) in a Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seattle Seahawks.

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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 had another strong season in 2016, but did not receive a contract extension from the team and instead became a restricted free agent. He was a full-time starter for the final three seasons and notched eight interceptions with 43 pass breakups.

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