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Malcolm Butler | Defensive Back | #21

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/2/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
College: West Alabama
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CSN New England's Mike Giardi reports CB Malcolm Butler "badly wanted" to be traded and play for the Saints.
"He wanted to be traded," Giardi said. "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. He wanted New Orleans. 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." Butler reported for voluntary workouts this week, showing he likely won't be a holdout case come training camp. He'll want to put together another great season to get paid the big money he's been seeking the past two years. May 5 - 11:04 AM

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Patriots CB Malcolm Butler reported to voluntary workouts this week.

He had been skipping the informal sessions prior to the draft as the Patriots mulled a trade, but it never materialized with the Saints, and Butler is said to be "all in" for 2017 in New England. Butler has nothing to gain by being salty. He's playing on a one-year deal and is hoping to hit it big in free agency next March. Butler and Stephon Gilmore will be one of the top corner duos.
May 3 - 11:20 AM

Speaking on Friday, Saints coach Sean Payton refused to rule out a trade for Patriots CB Malcolm Butler or Rams CB Trumaine Johnson.

This comes less than 24 hours after the Saints used their No. 11 pick on Marshon Lattimore. Acquiring Butler seemed inevitable for New Orleans at one point, but talks have broken down and Butler hurt his chances of being traded by waiting too long to sign his restricted free agent tender. If the Saints were going to land a top-flight corner via trade, it would have happened by now.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 1:42 PM

Saints GM Mickey Loomis said there hasn't been "any discussion for quite some time" on trading for Malcolm Butler.

The Saints haven't ruled out a Butler deal, but this falls in line with reports it's highly unlikely. With one of the deeper drafts for corners, the Saints are "leaning toward" keeping both their first round picks. Barring a late trade, Butler should play out the final year of his Patriots contract.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 4:21 PM

According to MMQB's Peter King, the Saints are "leaning toward" keeping their first three picks rather than trading one or more for Malcolm Butler.

The Saints hold the Nos. 11, 32, and 42 picks in the top first round-and-a-half of action this coming weekend. They also have picks 76 and 103, making that five selections in the first two days of the draft. The thinking has been that New Orleans would part with No. 32 to land Butler, but King reports the Saints value the top-75 of their draft board and would prefer to use those picks rather than surrender one or more for Butler and then have to sign him to a massive deal.
Source: MMQB
Apr 24 - 9:51 AM

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, if the Patriots trade Malcolm Butler to the Saints, "this is the week for it to happen."

Reiss believes it will come down to whether the Saints are willing to trade the No. 32 overall pick (which they received from the Patriots in last month's Brandin Cooks trade) or No. 42 and another pick with New England throwing in a late-rounder. Per Reiss, the Patriots "don't have any qualms" in keeping Butler around at his $3.91 million salary. Butler was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2016 and graded out as PFF's No. 5 corner out of 119 qualifiers.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 23 - 8:57 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the Patriots and Saints continue to haggle over compensation in a potential Malcolm Butler trade.

The Saints hold the Nos. 11 and 32 picks in the first round, with the second first-rounder via the Patriots in the Brandin Cooks trade. New Orleans is desperate for defensive back help and would love to have Butler, but this draft is considered strong for cornerbacks, and the Saints may simply opt to use the picks on younger cover men rather than buckling at the Patriots' demands.
Apr 21 - 11:42 AM

CSN New England reports Malcolm Butler has "no intention" of participating in the Patriots' voluntary workouts.

Butler signed his RFA tender on Tuesday, but is still waiting on a potential trade. Reports have had talks as remaining open. The saga should be settled by the end of the draft.
Apr 18 - 6:02 PM

Patriots re-signed CB Malcolm Butler to a one-year, $3.91 million contract.

Per ESPN's Field Yates, a trade is "still on the table." Butler has been in a stare-down with the Pats, who have been in a stare-down with the Saints. Signing his tender now is more of a formality, as the deadline is Friday. Next Thursday, Day 1 of the draft, should function as a soft deadline in trade talks. Butler was one of the league's best corners last season.
Apr 18 - 4:46 PM

April 21 is the deadline for teams to sign restricted free agents to an offer sheet.

Malcolm Butler is the biggest name among the RFAs who have yet to sign their tenders. With the corner unlikely to draw an offer sheet from the Saints or anyone else, his best option appears to be signing the tender with the hope the Patriots work out a trade prior to the draft. Butler's first-round tender is worth $3.91 million.
Source: ESPN
Apr 11 - 9:01 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer believes it's "more likely" restricted free agent Malcolm Butler plays for the Saints this season than the Patriots.

The Saints aren't going to sign Butler to an offer sheet and willingly part with their early first-round pick, but Breer ultimately expects Butler to sign his tender with the Patriots, which will then put in motion a potential trade in the week leading up to the draft. If Butler ends up with New Orleans, it's possible the Patriots then turn their attention to acquiring disgruntled Richard Sherman.
Apr 10 - 9:45 AM

CSN New England's Michael Giardi reports Malcolm Butler's head is in the "right place."

Giardi adds that will remain the case even if Butler is forced to stay in New England on a one-year tender, and the corner is interested in "proving" his worth. Considering the contract he could land as an unrestricted free agent after this season, it makes sense for Butler to give his all regardless of his relationship with the front office, but he reportedly remains upset with the deal the Patriots gave Stephon Gilmore in March. If he controlled the situation, it is likely Butler would choose to leave New England, but that will not be an option until next spring unless the Saints can work out a trade.
Apr 6 - 11:12 AM

Saints GM Mickey Loomis confirmed the team is "kicking the tires" on Patriots CB Malcolm Butler.

"We’re kicking the tires, I guess is the best way to describe that," were Loomis' exact words. "We’ll see how that process works." The "process" has been going on for at least two weeks. Butler visited New Orleans on March 14. The Pats, as usual, aren't blinking, and are waiting to extract the best-possible offer. Owner Bob Kraft said on Monday it wasn't the team's "intention" to trade Butler. A restricted free agent, Butler has yet to sign his $3.91 million tender.
Mar 28 - 3:25 PM

Patriots owner Bob Kraft said at the NFL Owners Meetings that New England's "intention isn't to trade" LCB Malcolm Butler.

At the same time, Kraft made no statement regarding a long-term commitment to Butler. Butler is on the last year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to make less than $4 million despite Pro Bowl-level on-field performance the past two years. The Patriots essentially chose Stephon Gilmore over Butler. It appears they are now hoping Butler will swallow his pride and play on his one-year, $3.91 million restricted free agent tender. A trade to New Orleans still can't be ruled out.
Mar 27 - 3:47 PM

CSN New England's Mike Giardi reports the "parameters of [a] deal" between restricted free agent Malcolm Butler and the Saints are "mostly in place."

Giardi adds the two sides are still "quibbling" over guaranteed money, but it sounds like the Saints and Butler will be able to work out a deal. The problem is Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots will not discuss a potential trade until Butler signs his first-round tender, and the Saints are not going to sign him to an offer sheet which would cost them the No. 11 overall pick. While it remains likely Butler ends up in New Orleans, there are still several hurdles to clear.
Mar 20 - 9:15 PM

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