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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
Contract: view contract details

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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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Date:'s Ian Rapoport reports the Saints and Patriots restricted free agent CB Malcolm Butler have mutual interest in working out a trade and extension following Thursday's visit.

Per Rapsheet, the visit "went well." CSN New England reported two days ago that Butler had "warmed up" to the idea of playing in New Orleans. If the sides can agree to the parameters of a long-term deal, the Pats and Saints should be able to work out trade compensation.
Mar 16 - 4:39 PM

According to CSN New England's Michael Giardi, restricted free agent Malcolm Butler has "very much warmed up to the idea" of playing for the Saints.

Butler is open to playing closer to home. He grew up in Vicksburg, Miss. and played his college ball at West Alabama. In addition to the default hometown Saints, the Texans have also reportedly shown interest in Butler, possibly as an A.J. Bouye replacement. Neither team is likely open to giving up their first-round pick for Butler, though it's possible the Saints could be willing to flip back the Patriots' original first-rounder (No. 32) they got for Brandin Cooks.
Mar 14 - 11:14 PM

Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm reports the Texans are interested in Patriots restricted free agent Malcolm Butler, and would be willing to trade a second-round pick.

The Texans traded their 2018 second-rounder in the Brock Osweiler asset dump, but still have their 2017 second-rounder. Edholm concedes the second-rounder in and of itself probably wouldn't be enough to get a deal done. Butler is visiting the Saints on Thursday, and has begun negotiations with the team. There's a real chance he signs an offer sheet elsewhere with the understanding a trade will be worked out.
Mar 14 - 1:29 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports restricted free agent CB Malcolm Butler and the Saints have opened contract negotiations.

Rapoport adds the two sides "hope to strike a deal this week." There are not many other reasons for Butler to visit the Saints except to work on a deal, but this is notable nevertheless. The Saints would owe New England the No. 11 overall pick if the Patriots decline to match an offer sheet, but that is likely more than they are willing to pay. The two sides will likely try to work out a trade.
Mar 14 - 12:28 PM

Restricted free agent CB Malcolm Butler will visit the Saints on Thursday.

The news comes straight from Sean Payton. Butler was originally involved in the Brandin Cooks trade, but he is not technically under contract because he has yet to sign his first-round tender. That tender gives the Patriots the ability to match any offer and guarantees them a first-round pick if they decline, but it is possible the two teams skip the offer sheet process altogether and work out a trade if the Saints and Butler come to terms. New England sent New Orleans the No. 32 overall pick as part of the Cooks deal, but the Saints would owe their own No. 11 overall pick if they sign Butler to an offer sheet, which is likely a higher price than they are willing to pay. The Boston Herald reports Butler "wants to make it work in New England," but the big-money signing of Stephon Gilmore all but ensures Butler's days with the Patriots are numbered.
Mar 14 - 11:22 AM

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports free agent CB Malcolm Butler "wants to make it work in New England."

Howe adds Butler does not plan to hold out if he is forced to play the season under the first-round tender, which will pay $3.91 million. All of this disputes a report from CSN New England's Mike Giardi, who said Butler wants out of Foxboro. Howe did say Stephon Gilmore's contract was a "gut punch" to Butler and the corner "has received interest from several teams." Whether it happens this year or next, this situation seems to be headed toward divorce.
Mar 13 - 11:43 AM

Mike Giardi of Comcast SportsNet New England reports restricted free agent CB Malcolm Butler wants out of Foxboro.

Per Giardi, Butler is "extremely frustrated" by the Patriots' willingness to trade him and commitment to Stephon Gilmore as one of the NFL's highest-paid cornerbacks. The Patriots wanted to deal Butler to New Orleans, but could not because Butler refused to sign his one-year restricted tender. One way the Pats could appease Butler is by giving him a big contract. That ship may have sailed, however, due to the money they invested in Gilmore.
Mar 12 - 10:55 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Patriots are still shopping Malcolm Butler.

Bulter wasn't part of New England's package for Brandin Cooks, but the Saints "could consider a trade later on." The Patriots seem ware of extending Butler after signing Stephon Gilmore. A restricted free agent, Butler is set to make just $3.91 million in the final year of his contract.
Mar 10 - 8:27 PM

The agent for CB Malcolm Butler said his client and the Patriots have not discussed a new contract since last season.

"The Patriots haven’t approached Malcolm about his contract since last year," agent Derek Simpson said, "and anything that says he keeps asking for the moon is completely false." Butler's contract demands have come under the spotlight following a report the Patriots are considering a trade which would send him to the Saints for Brandin Cooks, a report given more credence by New England's decision to sign Stephon Gilmore for $13 million a season. A restricted free agent, New England placed a first-round tender on Butler earlier this week.
Source: ESPN
Mar 9 - 7:58 PM

ESPN's Dianna Russini reports the Patriots "are considering" a trade which would send CB Malcolm Butler to New Orleans in exchange for Brandin Cooks.

New England reportedly tried to land Cooks earlier this month, but their package including a first-round pick was rebuffed. Butler will not cost New England much this year after they placed a first-round tender on him, but he will land a massive deal as an unrestricted free agent next spring. Trading him now would fit the Patriots' recent modus operandi of trading walk-year players rather than giving them big deals. Throw in the fact New England just gave $14 million a year to Stephon Gilmore, and there are plenty of reasons to give this report credence.
Mar 9 - 10:19 AM

Patriots tendered restricted free agent CB Malcolm Butler at the first-round level.

It's worth $3.91 million, and would entitle the Pats to a first-round pick were Butler to sign elsewhere and they decided not to match. It was a no-brainer move with 27-year-old Butler now one of the league's best corners. The sides could also still agree on a long-term contract.
Mar 7 - 5:48 PM

According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, restricted free agent Malcolm Butler "won't be going anywhere."

The Patriots are fully expected to place a first-round tender on Butler. That would pay him around $4 million, a significant raise from the $600,000 Butler made in 2016. Teams can still try to sign Butler, but it would cost them a first-round pick and the Patriots could match all offers. The Pats will probably look to sign Butler to a multi-year deal. Volin believes a two-year contract in the $19 million range could work for both sides.
Feb 12 - 10:39 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects a Malcolm Butler extension to be a priority for New England this offseason.

Butler is scheduled to be a restricted free agent. The Patriots can slap a first-round tender on him and hope to get by and pay him less than his market value for another season, but a first-rounder might not be enough of a deterrent for another club that could be interested in snagging Butler via an offer sheet. Butler turns 27 in March and was Pro Football Focus' No. 2 cover corner out of 120 qualifiers this past season. He'll be commanding top dollar on an extension.
Feb 7 - 9:22 PM

When matched up with Antonio Brown in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, Malcolm Butler allowed just two catches for 24 yards on three pass attempts.

Brown carved up the Patriots against zone coverage (five catches for 53 yards) but had a much tougher time against Butler one-on-one. Butler earned his first All-Pro selection this year and has routinely held his own against No. 1 wideouts. There's a strong likelihood he'll be asked to shadow Julio Jones in Super Bowl LI. Jones shredded the Packers for nine catches, 180 yards and two touchdowns while playing through a toe injury in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Jan 23 - 1:48 PM

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