Malcolm Butler Rumors: Texans Interested in Patriots CB in Free Agency

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews is tackled by Oakland Raiders middle linebacker Na Vorro Bowman during the first half of the NFL game in Orchard Park New York Sunday Oct. 2

The soon-to-be free-agent cornerback intends to sign with the Tennessee Titans when contracts can become official on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport says he will receive a 5-year, $61 million deal with more than $30 million guaranteed. Before the 2017 season, Butler was best known for making one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl history. That's a massive pay raise for the 27-year-old, who played the 2017 season on a one-year, $3.91 million tender and made $600,000 or less in each of his first three National Football League seasons.

The Houston Texans are reportedly interested in bolstering their secondary through the addition of cornerback Malcolm Butler. By seasons end, he was known for not playing a single defensive snap in New England's Super Bowl LII loss, a curious decision by Bill Belichick that still has Patriots fans searching for answers.

Still, he is only 28 years old and played all 16 games in each of the last three seasons while tallying eight interceptions during that span. The Titans' head coach (Mike Vrabel) and general manager (Jon Robinson) also are alumni of the Patriots organization.

Butler's durability was impressive in his time with the Patriots, as he played 98.8 percent of the defensive snaps in 2015, followed by 96.7 and 97.8 in the next two seasons. That offseason, the Patriots signed corner Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million contract. Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe, Cyrus Jones, Jonathan Jones, Ryan Lewis and Jomal Wiltz are now the six cornerbacks on the Patriots' roster.



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