Patriots Talk: Malcolm Butler Attends Workouts at Gillette Stadium
With free agency and the NFL Draft now officially over, the Patriots have loaded up their roster and are ready for off-season workouts. Many Patriots are now going through their contract negotiations after workouts are finished and positional drills will be worked on in the upcoming weeks as the team transitions to Phase 2. It was reported by Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald that yesterday [cornerback] Malcolm Butler attended off-season workouts at Gillette Stadium on Monday.
Malcolm Butler arrived at Gillette Stadium on Monday for the Patriots' voluntary offseason workout program, per source.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) May 3, 2017
Butler missed his first two weeks of the program due to ‘personal and business matters.’ The absence was not considered a holdout by the Patriots since the program is strictly voluntary. It’s been stated that Butler was on a family vacation to Disneyland for his son, Malcolm Butler Jr’s birthday, two weeks ago. In addition, he was discussing potential sponsorship obligations with Visa last week during the NFL draft (which lasted from Thursday through Saturday).
Patriots now in Phase 2 of offseason program, where coaches can be on the field with players. Butler is all-in with Patriots for 2017. https://t.co/y3Q5rVWeRA
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 3, 2017
With Butler being present, It is indicating that Butler will be fully committed to the team for the 2017 season. This comes as a relief as both sides didn’t reach a long-term contract extension. This isn’t even counting how he must have felt when the Patriots signing former Buffalo Bills’ [cornerback] Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million contract out of nowhere.
Butler was a restricted free agent this offseason and was signed to a first round tender. He mainly got interest from the New Orleans Saints, who were the only team to give him a visit to tryout. However, the Saints elected not to sign Butler to an offer sheet, due to the Patriots likely pursuing their 11th overall pick in the draft, if they decided to match New England’s offer.
After Butler signed tender which was worth over, $3.91 million, there were talks between New England and New Orleans in making a trade, but it ultimately fell through with the Saints drafting Ohio State [cornerback] Marshon Lattimore with the 11th pick. Personally, I feel Malcolm is worth more than the first round pick that was spent on Latimore as he possesses a competitve spirit that will likely be at full force this upcoming season. Butler and Gilmore could likely be the duo that equals Aqib Talib and Chris Harris from the Denver Broncos.
My work ethic won't let me sleep….
— Malcolm CB Butler (@Mac_BZ) March 26, 2017