New England Patriots Corner Malcolm Butler Visiting Saints On Thursday
The New England Patriots might be moving on from corner back Malcolm Butler despite his status as a restricted free agent. News broke on Tuesday with Butler reportedly set to visit teams.
New Orleans coach Sean Payton told the Associated Press Butler is visiting with the team on Thursday. Last week it was rumored Butler could be part of a trade involving Brandin Cooks, but he was not included in Friday’s trade.
Butler is a restricted free agent meaning any team that wants him would need to give up a first-round pick given that is the tender the Patriots placed on him, and they would also need to make it a pretty big offer sheet because the Patriots would have the right to match.
Butler has yet to sign the first round tender that is placed upon him because the second he does that the Patriots can trade him wherever they want. With the signing of Stephon Gilmore last week there has been the feeling that the team is moving on from Malcolm.
The Patriots have already lost Logan Ryan to free agency and if Butler isn’t returning New England would be playing a very risky game given the strength of quarterbacks on their schedule this season. But whenever you tend to question Bill Belichick he proves you wrong.