Malcolm Butler is off the market after choosing Titans over Lions

Carrie Guzman
March 14, 2018

The news suggests Patricia, the only defensive coordinator Butler has played for in the National Football League, still thinks highly of the former undrafted free agent and Super Bowl XLIX hero despite Butler's benching in Super Bowl LII.

Last year Butler was upset he didn't get Stephon Gilmore-like money from the Patriots, but this is pretty close.

With Aqib Talib traded to the Los Angeles Rams and Richard Sherman signing with the San Francisco 49ers, teams are turning their attention to another high profile cornerback on the market - Malcolm Butler.

New England Patriots free-agent cornerback Malcolm Butler is drawing significant interest from the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans, according to various reports.

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Butler is most famous for his interception at the goal line in Super Bowl 49 to seal the victory for the Patriots over the Seahawks. A former Patriots executive in Jon Robinson runs the Titans front office, and he hired former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel to be his coach this year.

In four seasons with the Patriots, Butler totaled eight interceptions, 50 passes defended (including 12 or more in his last three years) and 209 combined tackles. The New Orleans Saints hosted Butler on a visit but never signed him to an offer sheet. Now 28, Butler will be 33 by the time his contract is up.

Butler started every game in 2015 and 2016, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 2015, though his future with the team was uncertain after the 2016 season, when he was a restricted free agent.

This marks the second straight year that a Patriots cornerback will leave in free agency to join the Titans.

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