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Malcolm Butler tendered at first-round level

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If a team wants to make a run at signing cornerback Malcolm Butler as a restricted free agent, they will have to pony up a first-round pick in addition to a new deal for Butler.

According to multiple reports, the Patriots have tendered Butler at the highest level. That was the expected move given Butler’s ability and it would put Butler on the books for $3.91 million next season if he plays out the year on the tender.

The two sides could work out a different contract that would change that number, but Mike Reiss of reports that there have been no talks about a longer deal at this time.

Butler burst into national consciousness with his Super Bowl-sealing interception against the Seahawks and has gone on to turn in high-quality work as a starter in every game of the last two seasons. That work would make him a hot commodity on the open market, but it remains to be seen if anyone is willing to force the issue this offseason.

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28 Responses to “Malcolm Butler tendered at first-round level”
  1. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 7, 2017 6:31 PM

    A smart move, and not unexpected.

  2. superpatsfan5 says: Mar 7, 2017 6:32 PM

    This guy turned out better than I thought he’d be. He’s still not exactly a ‘shut down’ guy, but he’s closer than many who claim to. He’s a great tackler, doesn’t make a lot of assignment errors, finishes plays and competes his backside off on every play I’ve watched him on. I bet he plays on the tender, and moves on because with one more year like the last 2, he’ll make super-mega money on the open market, and no way the Pats will match it…but I do hope a long term deal can be worked out….we’ve never won an SB without a good to great back 4.

  3. pastabelly says: Mar 7, 2017 6:35 PM

    Agree, he’ll be gone after 2017. They have had him cheap now for a fourth year and 2018 will be his time to make some money. He should be paid like a number one corner and is borderline top ten in the league.

  4. tylawspick6 says: Mar 7, 2017 6:35 PM

    best corner in the afc

  5. maust1013 says: Mar 7, 2017 6:39 PM

    An anticipated move that should surprise no one. A team drafting close to the bottom of the 1st round may take a run at him but with the cap space they have it would have to be a massive offer for New England not to match it.

  6. jxt2521 says: Mar 7, 2017 6:41 PM

    Just give him a decent contract now. He’s earned it.

  7. patriots123456 says: Mar 7, 2017 6:43 PM

    Also Butler has basically remained injury free.

    He is a tuff kid.

  8. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Mar 7, 2017 6:50 PM

    Whatever he makes or turns out to be, Malcolm Butler provided one of the greatest moments in sports history. He’ll be a legend in New England forever. Spoiled in Patriot nation.

  9. One for the other thumb says: Mar 7, 2017 6:51 PM

    I would have been surprised at anything less.

  10. wib22 says: Mar 7, 2017 6:51 PM

    This is the one move where I would be mad at belichick for letting him go.

    He’s worth the cash.

  11. seatownballers says: Mar 7, 2017 7:04 PM

    Top 5 corner. Wish we had him

  12. dispozblcopy says: Mar 7, 2017 7:05 PM

    Hopefully, he stays this year, and they then lock him for five years at 7m.yr. or something. Patriot for life would be cool.

  13. terripet says: Mar 7, 2017 7:05 PM

    Thisoneguy1. Not a smart move a team in the lower part of the draft could get him for there number 1 I hope Pittsburgh goes after him

  14. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 7, 2017 7:15 PM

    terripet says:
    Thisoneguy1. Not a smart move a team in the lower part of the draft could get him for there number 1 I hope Pittsburgh goes after him
    terripet, Malcom Butler is a very solid corner and it was smart of New England to try and hold on to him for one more year. But he’s not going to be anybody’s shutdown stud, and we’ve all seen what happens to a lot of “studs” after they leave New England and that coaching staff/support system/scheme. I doubt Pittsburgh is going to give up its No. 1 pick and corresponding rookie salary for a very good but not spectacular player who they’re going to have to pay a lot of money to or watch him walk after a year.

  15. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 7, 2017 7:19 PM

    Of course it’s a smart move. NE can still match other offers.

  16. TheCakeIsALie says: Mar 7, 2017 7:27 PM

    Just give him a decent contract now. He’s earned it.

    Although I agree on a personal level , there’s no such thing as “earned” in the nfl. There’s only the cap and desperate teams waiving draft picks around. Do I hope Butler is around for 5 more years? Yes. Would I be surprised if he’s traded in a month? No.

    The only thing guaranteed in NE is a chance to contend with the best in the AFC, and I’ll take that morning, noon, and night.

  17. csszrr says: Mar 7, 2017 7:31 PM

    you know if BB did this he really likes the guy’s talent. he dumps studs below market value/before big contract payout time. that he is putting a 1st rd tender on this guy should be telling.

  18. razzlejag says: Mar 7, 2017 7:34 PM

    There is nothing that Malcolm Butler could ever do to ruin his standing with Patriot fans. He is a Patriot for Life in our hearts.

    The phrase “pay da man” does not exist in NE. They won’t do it and why other teams don’t see the wisdom in that after 7 SB appearances in 16 years baffles me.

  19. weepingjebus says: Mar 7, 2017 7:47 PM

    A true American success story, just like Brady and Edelman.

  20. stretchmyhands says: Mar 7, 2017 7:53 PM

    plz sign him to an extension

    he would be a bigger loss than Hightower

  21. jchemengr says: Mar 7, 2017 7:55 PM

    The Patriots believe they know what a player is worth in their system. They are willing to lose a player to someone willing to pay more as long as they get compensation, in this case a top 31 pick. lol

  22. The Dangerous Kitchen says: Mar 7, 2017 8:07 PM

    terripet says:
    Mar 7, 2017 7:05 PM
    Thisoneguy1. Not a smart move a team in the lower part of the draft could get him for there number 1 I hope Pittsburgh goes after him


    If they do get a first rounder even deep first thats totally livable.

  23. ibillwt says: Mar 7, 2017 8:48 PM

    So many profound statements and advice from talent experts here. I think Belichick can handle it, given that he sized up his potential pretty well three years ago when he was a nobody.

  24. bostonbadass says: Mar 7, 2017 9:06 PM

    stupid move by Belichick this kid is only gonna get better and he’s proved it each year .

    kids a complete savage out there on the field and NEVER gives up .


  25. 6ball says: Mar 7, 2017 9:11 PM

    The recent franchise tag number for Trumaine Johnson (16.74 million) is truly frightening. The Patriots are almost certain to lose CB Logan Ryan to free agency. They can ill afford to lose Butler, yet they can ill afford to have a 15 million dollar CB.

  26. dj5501 says: Mar 7, 2017 9:36 PM

    I see alot of comments suggesting a team could steal him that’s at the bottom of the first rd. But that’s not how it works . I could be wrong but I’m almost positive the pick would come from the 2018 draft you have to stay honest it’s a gamble that’s why they have those tags. A team could grab him end up having a top 5 pick next season and lose out especially if he ends up being a bust.

  27. dj5501 says: Mar 7, 2017 9:42 PM

    I can remember when Nikovich made his first strip sack he was so unknown they didn’t even has his picture to post on the big screen when showing his career stats lol. Nobody finds these gems as good as bill does. Guys like Edelman and nikovich know they are great in this system and wouldn’t even elsewhere that’s why they don’t balk at the contracts offered to them. They buy what bills selling not the other way around cause if you think bills buying what your selling you’ll find yourself playing in cleveland

  28. thejetssuck2001 says: Mar 8, 2017 4:35 PM

    the great part is that he will also be franchised next year as well, and nobody will say hes being overpaid making almost 20 mil a year because he will be worth that price by then. this is a guy i can see them shelling out a large contract to. hes a very heady and tough player.

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