It looks like there’s going to be a Patriots reunion in Tennessee.
The Titans are signing cornerback Malcolm Butler to a five-year contract worth more than $61 million, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday evening.
The #Titans are signing CB Malcolm Butler on a 5-year contract worth more than $61M with more than $30M guaranteed, source said. Wow.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2018
Butler will join former Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Titans in March 2017. Like Butler, Ryan played his first four seasons in New England before moving to Tennessee.
Reaction via text from Titans CB @RealLoganRyan on the team's impending signing of Malcolm Butler: "Reunited & It Feels so good?"
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 13, 2018
The Titans coaching staff also has a couple of Pats connections. Newly hired head coach Mike Vrabel played linebacker for eight seasons under Bill Belichick, while general manager Jon Robinson got his start in the NFL as a member of the Patriots’ scouting staff.
Former Patriots' CB Malcolm Butler intends to sign with the Tennessee Titans, per sources. Butler will play for former Patriots' LB Mike Vrabel and former Pats' personnel man Jon Robinson.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
Former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was also rumored to be interested in signing Butler. The 24-year-old cornerback was expected to leave New England this offseason, with hopes of securing a better paycheck.
Following the controversial situation surrounding Super Bowl LII, Butler posted a statement on social media that thanked Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Belichick, and his teammates for a successful tenure in New England.