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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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The Boston Herald reports the Patriots want to extend contract-year CB Malcolm Butler.
Butler was shopped this offseason, but there’s mutual interest on him returning. With Stephon Gilmore making top corner money, it’s going to be difficult for the Patriots to sign him. It’s possible Butler will be franchised if Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t tagged. Oct 28 - 8:06 PM

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NESN's Doug Kyed replied "it's looking that way" when asked if the Patriots would trade CB Malcolm Butler this season.

Kyed didn't offer up any specifics, but Butler has seemed to fall out of favor in New England after being benched in Week 2 against the Saints and coming on as the No. 3 corner behind Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe. Butler is in the final year of his deal, and the Patriots could use some pass-rushing help. Butler has long been wanting an extension but hasn't gotten it from the Pats.
Source: NESN
Sep 22 - 9:09 AM

Patriots RCB Malcolm Butler is unsure if he will start in Week 3.

Butler came off the bench in Week 2, but ended up playing 49-of-65 snaps. Coach Bill Belichick has made it clear he hasn't been happy with Butler's play. He had a rough Week 1 in the Chiefs' beatdown of the Pats, but was better against the Saints. Eagles castoff Eric Rowe is the Pats' No. 3 corner.
Sep 21 - 5:28 PM

Patriots CB Malcolm Butler called teammate Stephon Gilmore "very underrated" and "one of the best guys in the league."

"We got another good player on this team," Butler said. "Anything to help the team win, I'm down with." Butler wasn't on board with the Gilmore signing at the time and even tried to facilitate his own trade to New Orleans, but those plans never panned out. He's saying the right things but ultimately we'd expect Butler to jump ship as a free agent next offseason.
May 26 - 2:07 PM

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

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

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