The Patriots reportedly were still interested in re-signing cornerback Malcolm Butler this offseason — even after the Super Bowl LII debacle.
Butler, who ended up inking a five-year, $61 million contract with the Tennessee Titans, played the first four seasons of his career in New England before becoming a free agent at the conclusion of last season. Despite the unsavory ending to an otherwise productive year, the Patriots reportedly advised Butler’s agent, Derek Simpson, to reach out to them if he didn’t receive an acceptable offer from other suitors. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots could have paid the 28-year-old “around $10 million a year.”
In addition to the Titans, the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears also made Butler offers. Although his tenure in Tennessee is off to a rocky start, Butler’s job is reportedly not in jeopardy.
“I can tell you Malcolm is very happy in Tennessee,” Simpson told Rapoport. “He is putting the first half of the season behind him and now he is just focused on being the best he can be and helping the Titans win.”