Report: Lions “quite interested” in Malcolm Butler

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Matt Patricia was coordinating the defense that didn’t need Malcolm Butler a little over month ago.

Now, he’s coaching a team that appears to want Malcolm Butler for the future.

According to Mike Giardi of NBC Sports Boston, the Lions are “quite interested” in the Patriots free agent cornerback, which would make for quite story.

To date, no one’s really come clean on why Butler was active but didn’t play a snap of defense in the Super Bowl, and it might not be the first thing Patricia is eager to talk about in his first offseason on his new job as head coach of the Lions if he is able to land Butler.

But it’s certainly a subplot, and the fact that Patricia’s interested in something Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t only adds to the intrigue.

On its face, the interest makes sense, since the Lions wanted in on the Richard Sherman derby before Sherman decided not to make a derby of it. So they’re obviously looking for some cornerback help opposite Darius Slay, and may be looking at many others.

But few others would present the kind of curiosity as adding Butler.

10 responses to “Report: Lions “quite interested” in Malcolm Butler

  1. He’s so overrated. He had the big pick in the Superbowl and makes an occasional play but that’s it. New England had a terrible pass defense last year and QB’s had a 97.5 passing rating when challenging Butler – yes, that is accurate. Statistically, there are tons of CB’s that are better than him.

  2. .
    With Aaron Rogers, Cousins (probably) and young Trubisky in the NFC North you have to have a pair of decent corners. Slay and Butler fit the bill.
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  3. Malcolm Butler is a high caliber, dedicated team player…and would be a valued addition to any team.

    Belle-chick can be a Richard when imposing his will…and has shown the door to many a talented player that doesn’t work well with his edicts.

    Butler put a hair across his asterisk somehow.

  4. It’s a first for Lions fans to say in the office management and coaching I trust. No reason to not trust Quinn at this point, him and his boy, our coach, Matt Patricia there minds together I feel safe in whatever they do. Personally I would like to see Ebron get traded for that 3rd round pick I been hearing about, and bring in another Lions rumor Jimmy Graham. If you sign Jimmy Graham and draft Guice or Ronald Jones, thats a pretty healthy offense. If you can sign Graham on top of that and draft a DT and OLB in the 2nd and 3rd thats pretty solid.

  5. PrincePaul says:
    March 12, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    He’s so overrated. He had the big pick in the Superbowl and makes an occasional play but that’s it. New England had a terrible pass defense last year and QB’s had a 97.5 passing rating when challenging Butler – yes, that is accurate. Statistically, there are tons of CB’s that are better than him.
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    I read it was 101.3. Both of those numbers are pathetic.

    Clearly Belichick benched him because he is simply not all that and nothing more.

  6. Butler had his struggles, but in his defense, their pass rush didn’t exactly light it up to give the back end much help.

  7. I can handle a loss to a better team, but not playing one of your best players all game especially after chung has his bell rung and Richards couldn’t cover a broom stick will stick with me forever. Go Pats!

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