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Report: Malcolm Butler signs RFA tender with Patriots

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Cornerback Malcolm Butler met with the Saints, but never signed an offer sheet with New Orleans and reportedly won’t be doing so before the April 21 deadline for restricted free agents to do so.

Field Yates of ESPN.com reports that Butler has signed his tender with the Patriots. The tender was at the first-round level and carries a salary of $3.91 million for the 2017 season.

Signing the tender means that Butler won’t be signing with the Saints and that the Saints won’t be sending the 11th overall pick back to New England if the Patriots opt not to match. That doesn’t come as much surprise based on Saints coach Sean Payton’s comments about giving up that pick, but it doesn’t ensure Butler will remain in New England this season.

The Saints (and any other team for that matter) can now engage the Patriots in trade talks for Butler separate from the restricted free agent process, something that was not the case as long as Butler remained unsigned.

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  1. edelmanfanclub says: Apr 18, 2017 4:54 PM

    Now is he dealt or does Bill keep him? Things got much more interesting.

  2. patsfan1820 says: Apr 18, 2017 4:55 PM

    The last domino has fallen now let’s see whether he stays with the Patriots this year.

  3. eljefedelmundo says: Apr 18, 2017 4:56 PM

    Signing the tender means Saints won’t give up #11 for him (as expected), but it doesn’t mean he won’t be playing for the Saints this season.

    Saints will pay him more than 3.9M this year….

  4. HighwayStar says: Apr 18, 2017 4:57 PM

    Gee, I just posted this on another article but it’s still on my clipboard and works here too.

    Que sera, sera
    Whatever will be, will be
    The future’s not ours to see
    Que sera, sera

  5. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Apr 18, 2017 4:59 PM

    Engage in long term contract one last time before the draft.

    If it fails, sign Jason McCourty. Roll with Gillmore, Rowe and Jason McCourtyy.

    And trade Butler for highest offer before the draft.

  6. HighwayStar says: Apr 18, 2017 5:00 PM

    Now there’s Butler in Belichicks office….

    Darling you got to let me know
    Should I stay or should I go?
    If you say that you are mine
    I’ll be here ’til the end of time
    So you got to let me know
    Should I stay or should I go?

  7. lightcleric says: Apr 18, 2017 5:01 PM

    Saints really have to go get him. The only remotely decent corner Loomis has drafted in 10 years was Tracy Porter(Greer, Lewis and Breaux were FAs), so we might as well take a known quantity instead of rolling the dice at #32.

  8. rc33 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:09 PM

    Hang on to him. He’s making $3.9M next season; a pittance for a CB of his experience and ability.
    He’ll have every incentive to ball out w/ the Patriots this season. Let him have a great season then walk to whatever team offers him the $10M per contract he’s looking for next year.

  9. rob471773 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:12 PM

    Next step is one of the following…

    A. The Patriots trade Butler to New Orleans for the number 32 pick.

    OR

    B. The Patriots keep Butler. He’s a good soldier, shows up, plays for $3.9 mil., has a career season in a contract year and finally gets his big pay day next off season.

    Either way the Patriots win!

  10. wib22 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:14 PM

    Overrated since of one play and product of a cheating team’s system.

  11. UMadBreaux? says: Apr 18, 2017 5:18 PM

    He’s not worth a first round pick, considering the 5th year contract option that comes along with it. I’d rather take my chances in the draft if they want more than a second.

  12. finnymcphin says: Apr 18, 2017 5:21 PM

    At this point whether he remains in New England or is traded it was in his best interest to sign his tender. No other teams were bringing him in and any trade that would net him a bigger contract would have to get done before the draft.

  13. rob471773 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:22 PM

    wib22 says:

    Apr 18, 2017 5:14 PM

    Overrated since of one play and product of a cheating team’s system.
    ——————–
    He’s a top 10 CB right now by any measurable CB metric.

  14. factpurveyor says: Apr 18, 2017 5:31 PM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 5:14 PM

    and product of a cheating team’s system.
    ———————————————————–
    Some people may agree with you. You will find all those people living as permanent residents of the left side of the Bell Curve.

  15. grumpysal says: Apr 18, 2017 5:35 PM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 5:14 PM
    Overrated since of one play and product of a cheating team’s system.

    —-

    How much rent do you collect for having the Pats live in your head? It must be substantial because they appear to be all you think about.

  16. balt88 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:35 PM

    I feel pretty sure there is a deal in place for the Saints or perhaps someone else to send a pick to the Patriots for Butler.

    I feel pretty sure it’ll be the Saints because there seems to be a relationship between the two teams. Pats will get another comp pick as well for losing Butler.

    I don’t think Butler would’ve signed his tender if there wasn’t a deal already set.

  17. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:40 PM

    Really hope the Pats keep him. The secondary will be tremendous with the group they have.

    Its not worth giving him up for the #32 pick given the value of a top 10 corner in the modern NFL ie National Passing League.

  18. winningisabrees says: Apr 18, 2017 5:41 PM

    saints get a starting CB at 32 when they trade for Butler, as has been the case the entire time. (Saints and Pats have long dealt together, and they owe us one for Rob Nink.) and pass rusher at 11. I can dig this move.

  19. duffelbagsports says: Apr 18, 2017 5:41 PM

    We Patriot fans can’t win on this one unless we trade him now. If we keep him on the tender you lose him next year and don’t even get a compensatory pick. No way the Pats pay him market value next year with Gilmore’s contract.

  20. navyvandal says: Apr 18, 2017 5:44 PM

    Now to reacquire the #32 pick. I love Malcolm. I honestly feel being offered 7 million from 450,000 was an honest extension offer considering this was offered after being a starter one season. I wish him the best, if it’s in a saint or any other uniform, I will always be thankful for his pick and his blue collar working mentality.

  21. wib22 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:44 PM

    How much rent do you collect for having the Pats live in your head? It must be substantial because they appear to be all you think about.

    ****
    Admirers and critics agree: Belichick will walk 10 miles to gain an inch on his opponent. For example, every Friday teams must announce which injured players are doubtful, questionable or probable to play that Sunday. Teams usually take 53 players to the game and announce, 90 minutes before kickoff, which seven are inactive. In 2005 the NFL began requiring visiting teams to tell opponents and local media which players were not traveling to a given game, making it clear who would be out. But before that, according to a source familiar with the Patriots’ meetings in the early 2000s, Belichick would tell his staff which opposing players were not on the plane. It wasn’t clear how Belichick knew. But he did.

  22. minson15 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:57 PM

    Butler signs his tender, Sherman doesn’t show up for Voluntary workouts (for “insert your reason here”). Most likely going to kick the dust on how far the price dropped on Sherman. Don’t think it was a coincidence.

  23. rob471773 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:59 PM

    duffelbagsports says:

    Apr 18, 2017 5:41 PM

    We Patriot fans can’t win on this one unless we trade him now. If we keep him on the tender you lose him next year and don’t even get a compensatory pick. No way the Pats pay him market value next year with Gilmore’s contract.
    ————————
    If he plays on the tender. You get 1 year of the best CB duo in the NFL and a damn good chance of winning another Super Bowl. That’s potentially more valuable than anything they’d get back in a trade.

  24. mikeoxwells says: Apr 18, 2017 5:59 PM

    Teams shouldn’t do business with the patriots, plain and simple. Don’t take contracts the pats don’t want. Don’t give them picks they do want. In Butler’s case, they don’t want him, they want draft picks. Don’t let them operate the way they would like. Suffocate them. Make them eat Butler’s contact this year and then get nothing next year. The saints would be wise to use their picks on a good, young corner in the draft. There are lots of them this year.

  25. orndorf2 says: Apr 18, 2017 6:07 PM

    And Pats fans swore they would get the number 11 pick! Lol. Now they’d be elated to get the 32nd. Hilarious homers.

  26. zombiepatriot says: Apr 18, 2017 6:12 PM

    Welcome back Butler. Here is hoping you play out the year as a Patriot and help deliver another Super Bowl win before increasing your riches on the open market.

  27. LyinRogerMustGo says: Apr 18, 2017 6:21 PM

    Excellent news for the 5 time World Champions and their superior fans!

    🙂

  28. TheWizard says: Apr 18, 2017 6:22 PM

    Trade him and pick another Easley in the first round?

    No thanks. Keep him, work out a future deal, and dominate the conference for a few years. Again.

  29. kensilisacrook says: Apr 18, 2017 6:25 PM

    They can still franchise him next year for 14-15 million and get two years out of him for 18-19 million, if they wanted to do so.

  30. xofdallas says: Apr 18, 2017 6:27 PM

    Butler did the smart thing. Now there are possibilities.

  31. dudeicle says: Apr 18, 2017 6:28 PM

    And now he’ll get traded to Cleveland

  32. tombombadill says: Apr 18, 2017 6:30 PM

    SUPER BOWL

  33. nolagirl says: Apr 18, 2017 6:30 PM

    With the forty-second pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints select… Malcom Butler!

  34. cjweber5187 says: Apr 18, 2017 6:49 PM

    As much as I dislike New England, I feel like the smart move would be to keep him. Butler and Steph Gilmore would give the Pats a formidable coverage duo.

  35. HighwayStar says: Apr 18, 2017 6:54 PM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 5:44 PM
    How much rent do you collect for having the Pats live in your head? It must be substantial because they appear to be all you think about.

    ****
    Admirers and critics agree: Belichick will walk 10 miles to gain an inch on his opponent. For example, every Friday teams must announce which injured players are doubtful, questionable or probable to play that Sunday. Teams usually take 53 players to the game and announce, 90 minutes before kickoff, which seven are inactive. In 2005 the NFL began requiring visiting teams to tell opponents and local media which players were not traveling to a given game, making it clear who would be out. But before that, according to a source familiar with the Patriots’ meetings in the early 2000s, Belichick would tell his staff which opposing players were not on the plane. It wasn’t clear how Belichick knew. But he did.

    ———————–
    You are right that Belichick will go to great lengths to gain an advantage. He will not break the rules even slightly (he knows the vultures are lurking) but he does interpret them carefully and come up with ways to work within them other people have not thought of. Thats his job as an NFL coach and hes good at it.

    Teams do not report ‘probable’ any more, a little behind current events there.

    The rest of that statement was news to me so I looked up the rules on the NFL site and rather than list all the ways the comment was wrong I will encourge going and looking it up.

  36. ikeclanton says: Apr 18, 2017 7:01 PM

    orndorf2 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 6:07 PM
    And Pats fans swore they would get the number 11 pick! Lol. Now they’d be elated to get the 32nd. Hilarious homers.

    —-

    Yes–we’re laughing uncontrollably all the way to another Super Bowl this year!

    Let the hilarity continue!

  37. HighwayStar says: Apr 18, 2017 7:02 PM

    orndorf2 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 6:07 PM
    And Pats fans swore they would get the number 11 pick! Lol. Now they’d be elated to get the 32nd. Hilarious homers.

    ———————-
    Actually I dont know of anyone anywhere that seriously thought the Saints would sacrifice the 11th pick to sign Butler, in fact the fact thats what would have happened was widely accepted to be the reason Butler was not going to get his deal done there. Actually I think the Saints fans might have been worried some because all the posts insisting how it would never happen had the ring of folks trying to convince themselves.

  38. exinsidetrader says: Apr 18, 2017 7:04 PM

    orndorf2 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 6:07 PM

    And Pats fans swore they would get the number 11 pick! Lol. Now they’d be elated to get the 32nd. Hilarious homers.
    __________________
    Let me guess, you are a Falcons fan considering you like to celebrate as if things are over when they are far from being so.

  39. kissbillsrings says: Apr 18, 2017 7:10 PM

    I’d be cool with the Saints 2nd rounder this year & next year OR
    Pick 32 this year & a conditional 3rd that can become a 2nd rounder if he makes the pro bowl……
    Other than that is keep him this year & either sign him to a 4 year contract, franchise him, or let him walk for a 3rd round comp in 2018

  40. poguemahonepft says: Apr 18, 2017 7:11 PM

    even a guy who is not elite – coming from a championship team – has to be of value to any other team – the Pats are very good at exploiting that concept for gain…it comes down to how high a draft pick someone is willing to offer now – the money is the money…

  41. pointerdogs says: Apr 18, 2017 7:18 PM

    Looking forward to watching Butler and Gilmore…hope it works out that way

  42. JaminJake says: Apr 18, 2017 7:27 PM

    rob471773 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 5:59 PM
    duffelbagsports says:

    Apr 18, 2017 5:41 PM

    We Patriot fans can’t win on this one unless we trade him now. If we keep him on the tender you lose him next year and don’t even get a compensatory pick. No way the Pats pay him market value next year with Gilmore’s contract.
    ————————
    If he plays on the tender. You get 1 year of the best CB duo in the NFL and a damn good chance of winning another Super Bowl. That’s potentially more valuable than anything they’d get back in a trade.
    ________________________

    Talib and Harris Jr. are still the best duo in the league. Not really debatable.

  43. wahoo21 says: Apr 18, 2017 7:33 PM

    This is a win for both Pats and Butler
    3.9 mil for a solid corner that makes the Pats even better with the additions they have added on defense and Butler wins because even one season making that kind of jack should set him up for the rest of his life if he just used his head about his money and next year he gets a huge deal so he did just fine….and he gets a chance to add to his ring collection

  44. HighwayStar says: Apr 18, 2017 7:38 PM

    JaminJake says:
    Apr 18, 2017 7:27 PM

    Talib and Harris Jr. are still the best duo in the league. Not really debatable.

    ——————–
    I’ll have to admit as things stand now today thats a true statement.

    But if I was going to try to field a duo to take that title from them next year Gilmore and Butler is a pretty good bid.

  45. tylawspick6 says: Apr 18, 2017 7:43 PM

    word out of new orleans is it’s for ne’s original
    32nd pick

  46. RE LEE says: Apr 18, 2017 7:49 PM

    Trade him for a nice pick then rent Jason McCourty for a year.

  47. bradygirl12 says: Apr 18, 2017 8:06 PM

    orndorf2 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 6:07 PM

    And Pats fans swore they would get the number 11 pick! Lol. Now they’d be elated to get the 32nd. Hilarious homers.

    _____________________

    The Pats have to create a spot for their 5th Super Bowl banner. What’s your team up to these days?

  48. dvdman123 says: Apr 18, 2017 8:39 PM

    Pats fans are dillusional if they think the Pats are actually keeping Butler. It ain’t happening. Their intentions have always been to trade him.

  49. nepatriot1 says: Apr 18, 2017 8:39 PM

    Keep Butler for this year. Sign him to a deal or let him walk next year and take the third round comp pick. You win either way, he was an undrafted free agent.

  50. mbara33 says: Apr 18, 2017 8:39 PM

    Pats trade Garapolo to the Browns for 12 & 65. Pats trade Butler & 12 to the Seahawks for Sherman. That’s the way it will go.

  51. 1historian says: Apr 18, 2017 9:11 PM

    Pro Football is a business, the players are pawns, no one realizes that better than Belichik, and none is more ruthless than Belichik.

  52. kissbillsrings says: Apr 18, 2017 9:21 PM

    1)Pats trade Garoppolo for picks 12 & 33 this year, & 2 of the 3 2nd rounders the Browns have next year
    2)Pats trade Butler for pick 32 this year & the Saints 3rd rounder next year…
    3) Pats sign McCourty for 4 mill this year
    4) Pats trade pick 33 for someone’s 1st rounder next year
    5)Pats trade pick 32 for someone’s early 2nd rounder this year & 1st rounder in 2019
    Pats are loaded for the draft for the next 3 years…..

  53. bighairbingopro says: Apr 18, 2017 9:32 PM

    Reportedly, the Pats kicked in two free movie passes as a guaranteed bonus and Butler was very grateful.

  54. walker1191 says: Apr 18, 2017 10:07 PM

    As a Pats fan, I’m not sure why they would want to let Butler go, but obviously they know something I don’t.

    But given that they can keep him for 3.91 mil in 2017 and then collect a 3rd if he walks next year in free agency, it would make little sense to trade him now for less than a 1st, and even the 32nd pick just doesn’t seem like enough to me.

  55. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Apr 18, 2017 10:23 PM

    Pats can still snooker a first-round draft pick out of an NFL team this year. All they have to do is find an NFL front-office headed by Tim Ruskell.

  56. johnclaytonsponytail says: Apr 18, 2017 10:40 PM

    He’s not worth a 1st and certainly not this year where’s there’s so much talent on the board even going into the 3rd.

  57. tbisgod says: Apr 19, 2017 12:17 AM

    Bill will find a way to get rid of him. Book it. Won’t play another down for us.

  58. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Carlos Hyde says: Apr 19, 2017 5:23 AM

    So basically you’re saying the Pats will give up Butler and Garoppolo for Sherman and the 65th pick. Yeah that sounds right.

  59. proudchowdahead13 says: Apr 19, 2017 6:14 AM

    Is Wibby an alias for Chippy? Just wonderin

  60. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 19, 2017 9:18 AM

    Pats will win super bowl!

    I’ll win $$$$$ YES!!!

  61. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 19, 2017 9:19 AM

    Garopolo stays. Brady retires after they win upcoming super bowl! Book it!

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