Malcolm Butler has no doubt where he wants to be next season

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Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler became known to football fans when he intercepted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on the goal line to clinch a win in Super Bowl XLIX and he’s got a chance to add his third ring in four years this Sunday against the Eagles.

That run of success makes it easy to understand why Butler was quick to answer a question about his desire to stay in New England with free agency looming this offseason. That answer was “without a doubt,” but Butler’s well aware that there may be a different outcome once March rolls around.

“No, I’m not looking at it like, I’m just looking at it like I’ve got a great opportunity to play in another Super Bowl,” Butler said, via the Providence Journal. “And I just want to get this win and just enjoy it with my teammates and whatever happens, happens. Whatever is going to happen in your life is going to happen. You don’t know what’s going to happen, so you can’t even stress yourself about it. I’m just living in the moment, man. A great moment.”

Butler flirted with the Saints as a restricted free agent last offseason before turning in an up-and-down regular season. His overall body of work will almost certainly generate interest on the open market, however, and Sunday gives him a chance to make a strong final impression on the Patriots and the rest of the league.

23 responses to “Malcolm Butler has no doubt where he wants to be next season

  1. Sorry to say but he’s gone after Sunday. No way BB pays two corners big bucks and Butler wants to get paid, and rightly so. Here’s hoping his farewell to Pats Nation is something like his introduction!

  2. Some may say they would never come to NE but you know in their heart of hearts they’d jump in a nanosecond given the opportunity. The one’s that embrace hard work & team play that is. Others who built large reps on other teams that relied only on God given talent (Wayne, Cinco) wouldn’t do well here.

  3. He’s not going to be getting Gilmore money from the Patriots or anyone else. They might go 4/48 with some nice guarantees. I hope they make it work. Eric Rowe has one year left and he also clearly outplayed his contract. It would be nice to get them both signed. It’s not a coincidence that all Patriots Super Bowls have been won when they’ve had very good defensive backfields.

  4. I know that it would be tough to justify paying both Gilmore and Butler, but I hope that it can be done.
    Butler does get beat sometimes, but NOBODY is a more aggressive tackler, and NOBODY punches at the ball like he does! He will cause a turnover in the Superbowl….again!

  5. Others who built large reps on other teams that relied only on God given talent (Wayne, Cinco) wouldn’t do well here.
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    Those guys were well past their primes and livig on borrowed time by the time they got to Foxboro. And they were not the only ones. Adrian Wilson didn’t cut it nor did John Lynch. Are you suggesting that Wilson and Lynch don’t have good work ethics? I call baloney.

    Sometimes it works like Junior Seau sometimes it didn’t like John Lynch. Each case is unique to the others.

  6. Another overrated player who outside of the pats system will be a bum.

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    Another overrated poster who outside of the blog system will be a bum.

    Actually, inside it too.

  7. Some other team will offer more, and he has earned every penny. Not bad for a former Popeyes employee.

  8. I just hope he’s not sick anymore, and he has enough time between now and Sunday to regain full strength and endurance and hydration. I heard he was hospitalized earlier this week. We already lost Jonathan Jones in the playoffs. Will need everybody in the defensive backfield working hard for this one.

  9. As a Pats fan, quite honestly he’s been just OK this year but not at the shutdown level he approached last year. I see them not retaining him.

  10. Butler makes plays, no two ways about it…Regardless of what happens you’ll always be a Patriot and mentioned in the same breath as the Bruschis, Hannahs, Bradys and Wilforks. Not Done!!!!

  11. The look on Dick Sherman’s face when Butler intercepted the pass was one of the greatest captures from NFL cameras. He went from his usual arrogant and loudmouthed self to having his heart ripped out. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.

  12. Did I read someone saying Eric Rowe outplayed his contract???
    8 games – 15 tackles – that is all.
    That is after only 9 games last year, not to mention he has 1 year remaining on his contract, but dude is a bum.

  13. granadafan says:
    February 1, 2018 at 4:02 pm
    The look on Dick Sherman’s face when Butler intercepted the pass was one of the greatest captures from NFL cameras. He went from his usual arrogant and loudmouthed self to having his heart ripped out. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.

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    I’m a fan of the Pats, but I’ve always appreciated Sherman as a fiery competitor, big mouth and all. One thing I remember from that game was Sherman seeking Brady out afterward to shake his hand.

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