We take a look back at Malcolm Butler’s 2016 season and offer our predictions for 2017.
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There’ve been two major stories surrounding the Patriots this past week: the re-signing of linebacker/co-captain Dont’a Hightower to a four-year pact and cornerback Malcolm Butler’s open flirtation with the New Orleans Saints.
While Hightower, too, paid visits to a few other NFL clubs before ultimately deciding to remain with New England, Butler is in a different situation and his future remains uncertain.
The New England Patriots announced that they have signed restricted free agent CB Malcolm Butler and exclusive rights free agent TE Matt Lengel. Terms of the contracts were not announced. In addition, the Patriots released OL Tre’ Jackson.
The former Pro Bowler and Super Bowl hero is now under contract for 2017 at a salary of $3.91 million.
But, the signing also, as ESPN alluded to, opens the door for a potential Butler trade. The cornerback visited the Saints earlier this offseason and New Orleans has made it quite clear it still has interest in the fourth-year cover man.
It is known by all the contribution of Malcolm Butler during his 3 years with the Patriots. A player who came as a free agent rookie and became the best cornerback of the team, a key piece and hero of Super Bowl XLIX where he was the author of the interception 20 seconds from the end that meant winning the fourth championship for New England.
According to a report from the Associated Press, Patriots restricted free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler is set to visit the Saints later this week.
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I understand Malcolm Butler’s representative is a lawyer with no experience with professional athletes. Do you think the situation with Malcolm Butler elite jersey would have turned out any different if he had an agent with experience?
I know next to nothing about Butler’s agent Derek Simpson but I haven’t seen or read anything that would lead me to believe he’s been a problem. Butler is a restricted free agent and therefore has every right to talk to other teams and gauge his value. To this point Simpson has given no indication that Butler intends to hold out or miss any time, so I’m not sure why anyone believes the agent has done anything wrong. He believes his client is worth more money than the Patriots have offered – and since we can only go by reports and don’t have the information with any level of certainty – and there’s no reason to suggest he’s wrong. So to answer your question I’d say Simpson is doing everything he can to keep Butler’s options open, which is probably a wise course of action.
It seems Malcolm Butler and the Patriots are on the same page once again. According to an ESPN blog post, Butler is back in town for offseason workouts with the Patriots, after it seemed he might be shipped out of New England earlier this offseason.
“Disappointment over not receiving a lucrative long-term extension won’t be a factor in his making a full-fledged investment to the club in 2017,” the story goes on to assert.
It’s pretty common for it to be said that someone was born for a certain job. But, when it comes to Patriots sixth-round pick Ted Karras, that description is almost a literal characterization.
Rookie WR Malcolm Mitchell recently made a guest appearance on patriots.com’s web video series “Magic Moments” with magician John Duke Logan. Mitchell was so awed by Logan’s tricks that he showed the video to fellow rookie Jacoby Brissett. The QB was skeptical, though, but it just so happened that Logan, a patriots.com web assistant, was in the locker room at the time and began performing tricks for the two players. Soon, they were joined by rookie o-lineman Ted Karras, veteran running back LeGarrette Blount, and several members of the media.