Patriots sending wrong message in Malcolm Butler case

All Malcolm Butler did was make a game-saving interception in Super Bowl XLIX and start every game the past two seasons for the Patriots.
All Malcolm Butler did was make a game-saving interception in Super Bowl XLIX and start every game the past two seasons for the Patriots. –Kathy Willens/AP

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At least we know the Patriots aren’t going for defensive degree-of-difficulty points in repeating as Super Bowl winners. The Patriots showed the money to free agent linebacker and heart-and-soul playmaker Dont’a Hightower on Wednesday, re-signing him to a four-year, $43.5 million deal, instead of showing him the door like Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins. The Patriots are holding on to one of their young, Pro Bowl defenders. Hallelujah.

The only major remaining offseason question now is do they want to hold the high ground in negotiations with restricted free agent Malcolm Butler or do they want to hold on to Butler long term?

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