Patriots-Saints trade involving Malcolm Butler is “complex”

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It’s one thing to connect dots and jam cornerback Malcolm Butler into the lingering possibility of a trade that would bring Brandin Cooks from New Orleans to New England. It’s another to actually make it happen.

One source with direct knowledge of the process called it “complex.” For starters, Butler can’t be traded until he signs his one-year, $3.91 million restricted free agency tender. If he doesn’t want to be traded to the Saints or elsewhere, why sign the tender?

One thing that could make him inclined to sign the tender would be a trade to a team that will give him the kind of long-term deal he has wanted ever since he jumped the route and went from barely-known defensive back to NFL household name.

It appears that the Patriots are indeed choosing Stephon Gilmore over Butler, if not for this year then for the long haul. Where it all goes from here remains to be seen, and hinges in large part of what Butler wants.

33 responses to “Patriots-Saints trade involving Malcolm Butler is “complex”

  1. Not sure Gilmore is better than butler. Not that butler is that good.

    I wouldn’t sign either to a huge deal. I’d trade butler to a team that gives him a deal.

    Butler for Cooks plus a pick, then draft some CBs.

  2. Yes, like everything in Patriot nation, they will dot the I’s and cross the T’s enough to piss off all the right people. Continually spoiled by the world champions.

  3. Pats could also be covering for the loss of Ryan who is an unrestricted free agent and would be commanding a contract only slightly less than Gilmore. Wheels within wheels.

  4. Butler has no leverage; that’s why he has to sign his tender. He’s a restricted FA, asking for unrestricted FA money. His only option other than signing the tender would be to hold out and not play next year…but then he’s again an unrestricted FA, in the same boat he’s in now, but a year older and without having played football in a year.

  5. ““Complex” because there is some under the table money. Same shady things going on in Patriot land.”

    See people, that’s what the Pats haters are reduced to now. Making up lies is the only way they have to criticize the Pats because all their cherished notions have been discredited and disproven.

    SMH

    As to Butler I really don’t want this trade to happen. He’s a top 5 corner and has been crucial to the Pats success since he joined the team. Gilmore is a fine #2 corner, but I don’t see the backfield being as good if he’s simply a replacement for Butler and Logan Ryan ends up leaving too.

  6. I won’t lie: i hope this deal falls apart. I remember the years before butler and revis came to town too well. Butler has prime years left. I hope they make it work with him instead of trading him away…and for a receiver whining his way out of town no less.

  7. He didn’t “jump the route.” He was coming all out on run blitz and the ball hit him in the face.

  8. If you look back, the only years that the Patriots won the SB were when their defense was strong. This year is a good example. LB Hightower, who mad a crucial sack, is a free agent, and now they may lose more people on D. Unless they can maintain a good D, they are not likely to repeat as champs next season.

  9. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Butler is young, a good locker room guy, under tender, and helped the pats win two superbowls. The Pats have the cap space to do both and they are not desperate at either position.

  10. “He was coming all out on run blitz and the ball hit him in the face.”

    The nfl world continues to laugh at the delusional Seahawks fans

  11. “Disappointing if he was a locker room problem.”

    He wasn’t a locker room problem at all. Potentially he could be this year if they can’t work a new contract for him.

    From the sounds of it he wants unrestricted FA money now while he’s still an RFA. Belichcik isn’t going to do that. Apparently Butler has turned down an extension that is much higher than the 1st round tender RFA money, but not what he’d get as a UFA.

    If he’s smart he’ll stay put, continue to be a good soldier and get his huge payday next year, possibly with another ring on top of it.

    I do wish they’d pay him, make him happy and lock him up for another 4 years though.

  12. “He didn’t “jump the route.” He was coming all out on run blitz and the ball hit him in the face.”

    Gosh, some of you aren’t even trying to make sense. The NFL Network has shown, over and over, how the Pats planned for that route before the game, and how Butler got beat in practice only to play it correct in the game.

  13. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Mar 9, 2017 4:09 PM

    He didn’t “jump the route.” He was coming all out on run blitz and the ball hit him in the face.
    ================================

    They practiced that exact play all week. Continue to think it’s all luck.

  14. I think the Patriots are dangling Butler for only one reason. They have likely gotten signals that Darrelle Revis would like to return on a super-sub par discount to go out as a champion and stick it in the JETS eye. Revis can be had for very cheap this season. And if he has one more year in him at 80-90 percent of his best; the Patriots will squeeze it out of him.

  15. There are many good comments, and many bad comments. By far the dumbest goes to exinsidetrader for his turn it to politics argument. Well done buddy. We haven’t seen this level of trolling since the Obama years.

  16. There are many good comments, and many bad comments. By far the dumbest goes to exinsidetrader for his turn it to politics argument. Well done buddy. We haven’t seen this level of trolling since the Obama years.

    I agree, if you bring that into this area then you need some help.

  17. Belichick saw Butler get burned a few times in the Super Bowl, especially the big play when he just fell on his rear end and the receiver went right past him. The reason Ryan was sacked because he saw that happen and took an extra second to readjust his throw and hit the now wide open receiver while Butler was trying to get back up. That second allowed Hightower the time to reach and then sack Ryan. Worked out ok, but Belichick knew that they got lucky on that one and he was gonna have to move quick to unload Butler before the league figured out he was a bit overrated.

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