Malcolm Butler expected to sign with Titans

AP

Malcolm Butler will be leaving New England and playing for a former Patriot.

Butler is planning to sign with the Titans, according to multiple reports.

In Tennessee, Butler will play for new head coach Mike Vrabel, who played for Bill Belichick in New England. Despite Butler’s inauspicious ending in New England, Vrabel apparently likes what Butler can do in his defense.

Butler’s tenure in New England will be remembered for two Super Bowls: The win over the Seahawks in which he grabbed the game-clinching interception, and last month’s loss to the Eagles in which he was benched for reasons that remain unclear.

Butler was the No. 17 player in our Free Agent Top 100.

54 responses to “Malcolm Butler expected to sign with Titans

  1. There is a report its 5 years 61 miliion. So Belichick got what he wanted out of a UDA and now Butler gets what he wanted out of the deal. Win-win.

  2. Ok. Your out of the belacheat’s control. Tell us the truth, tell us why you didn’t play in the super bowl. Bows your chance to bury the cheaters from New England.

  3. That’s a lot of money. Glad Quinn locked up Darius Slay in Detroit before it came to this… hate to see what he would get on the open market. Of course, many of these deals have “easy outs” for the teams. That’s the NFL way.

  4. 30 million guaranteed to a player deemed not worthy to play in the Super Bowl. Pride is the root of all sins.

  5. great addition by tennessee…this is what u have to have to win against watson luck brady…corners that can cover…now i imagine vrabel is going all pass rushing linebackers and dlineman in the draft…cant wait to have a shut down d…been overdue sine 99-2002 around here…contract is huge but remember only 30 million is guaranteed…JR is a genius

  6. ps half of this money would have gonw to avery williamson as a middle linebacker to stay but he turned it down so now mlb will be our 1st pick. hopefully we find someone kecuhly esque

  7. The Truth says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:55 pm
    Players bailing out of ne england like rats off a sinking ship

    Lame as usual
    He didn’t “bail “ they were never going to sign him

    #crybaby

  8. belichick absolutely rules the league with former players and coaches everywhere. they learn how to win under his iron hand and then move on to better pay and he builds a brand new team every year. one thing never changes – they win. it’s great.

  9. The Truth says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:55 pm
    Players bailing out of ne england like rats off a sinking ship
    ——————————————————————————-
    ^ idiotic comment – Amondola, Lewis and possibly Solder all were more likely than not to move on – obviously Butler was not an option to return to NE as Pats already made decision to move on from Butler. Patriots business model is what it is and seems to have worked into its second decade of dominance. See you in the playoffs.

  10. As a Patriots fan indeed as a fan of any NFL this time of year is both exciting and depressing. Exciting to see who (if any in the Patriots case) is coming but sad because who is leaving.

    I am happy for Malcolm Butler, I think the vast majority of Patriot fans are and I wish him all the luck in the world. Malcolm you deserve and have earned your big day. I am sorry it ended the way it did and most of us realize it was not on you.

    As for the rats deserting the ship comment we are going to lose a lot more yet including Deon Lewis and quite possibly Nate Solder. It is what it is the cap is beating up on the Patriots this year look for a lot of second tier signings. Maybe Breaux, Celek, depth not stars. We better have a good draft!!!!

  11. The Truth says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:55 pm
    Players bailing out of ne england like rats off a sinking ship

    This will be the type of comment repeated by all the usual crybabies all offseason

    When a player isn’t leaves NE he’s “jumping ship” when the Patriots sign a player it will be “he sucks” “he’s overrated” “he’s washed up”

    It’s the same every offseason from the same jealous fans.

  12. jam11163 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 6:03 pm
    Ok. Your out of the belacheat’s control. Tell us the truth, tell us why you didn’t play in the super bowl. Nows your chance to bury the cheaters from New England.

    —-

    There’s really no chance of that at all, but thanks for playing…

    In reality, he was gone the second the Patriots signed Gilmore to that huge deal. It was a matter of time. Liked how he competed in the past, but this year he played like he had one foot out the door. We’d love to know the full story.

  13. The Truth says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:55 pm
    Players bailing out of ne england like rats off a sinking ship

    ———————
    You thought he was staying? This moment was obvious a year ago. He has a college freind playing agent so they are not maximizing what he could do if he had a pro handling that.

  14. The Butler did it. He put an end to the Seattle “dynasty.” No one can ever take it away from him. His interception in fact prompted Seattle to trade for Jimmy Graham. It is sort of like fixing the barn door after the horse has been stolen. Seattle would never be in the same situation in the SB again when they can throw the ball to Graham for a touchdown to win the game.

  15. ikeclanton says:
    March 13, 2018 at 6:21 pm
    jam11163 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 6:03 pm
    Ok. Your out of the belacheat’s control. Tell us the truth, tell us why you didn’t play in the super bowl. Nows your chance to bury the cheaters from New England.

    —-

    There’s really no chance of that at all, but thanks for playing…

    In reality, he was gone the second the Patriots signed Gilmore to that huge deal. It was a matter of time. Liked how he competed in the past, but this year he played like he had one foot out the door. We’d love to know the full story.

    —————————
    He was actulally gone before that. As soon as he and the school buddy/agent of his tried putting the screws to the team for a big money contract he asn’t due for yet, that was the day they devided they would run the rest of his current contract and then go seek his big payday elsewhere.

  16. Too bad Swiss Peas will make him look bad by putting him in prevent coverage for the entire 4th Q of every game.

  17. terripet says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    Way overpaid this guy is a average corner

    ———-

    Not as overpaid as Andrew Luck….a guy who can’t even make it into a game….

  18. Good for Malcolm. He’ll be missed in NE but he earned his payday elsewhere since the Pats wouldn’t give it to him.

  19. jman967 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:59 pm
    Butler, Amendola, likely Solder and Lewis…

    ——————-
    Yup. Its the painful part every year with a cap smart team. These guys have all earned bigger paydays than are smart for a team thats trying to keep their talent deep across all positions. Just remember the times when these guys were the unknowns backfilling other departures that everyone was saying would doom the Pats. They always say that. For 16 years they have said that. Life goes on.

  20. I’m happy for Malcolm, good job, kid. You’ll never have to pay for a beer in Boston or anywhere in NE. Thanks for a great stint here.

  21. I guess I missed a change to the rules or something. I remember the “unofficial” or non-tampering tampering period was limited to no actual offers or deals being made. This year everybody and their little brothers are agreeing to terms that should not even be discussed. Has the rule changed or is Florio ignoring it because he likes this particular rules violation?

  22. Way overpaid this guy is a average corner
    _________________________________________
    This guy made a ridiculous amount for 1 interception. You’re right, he’s average at best. QB’s had a 97.5 QB rating when challenging him last year. Bleacher report has a pretty solid grading system that breaks down players and all the key qualities needed at each position. They ranked him 42nd among CB’s and this is what they said about him: “He’s a scheme-versatile player and showed improved zone instincts, and his ability to slide into the slot is a bonus. Overall, he’s not consistent enough to be viewed as more than a role player, though.” He got AJ Bouye money and QB’s had a 26 QB rating when challenging Bouye.

  23. FinFan68 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 7:16 pm
    I guess I missed a change to the rules or something. I remember the “unofficial” or non-tampering tampering period was limited to no actual offers or deals being made. This year everybody and their little brothers are agreeing to terms that should not even be discussed. Has the rule changed or is Florio ignoring it because he likes this particular rules violation?

    ———————
    Florio isnt ignoring anything. Hes reporting the deals. Thats better for us readers than if he doesnt report them. He does throw in a few ironic comments or reminders that the deal is ahead of when they are allowed to do dealsso he doesnt ignore it. As far as if he should be mounting campagn to condemn the practice he might as well mount a campaign that water shouldnt be wet.

  24. From my big comfy couch saw what appeared to be a huge drop off for Butler last year, he did not look as good as he did previously, often out of position and frequently chasing WR’s down the sideline..

    We will see how he does in Tennessee..

  25. sammievee says:
    March 13, 2018 at 7:51 pm
    As he plays for a loyal x Pat does the muzzle remain on in regard to spilling the SB benching beans?

    ———————
    He was sick half the week and practiced poorly the rest of the week because he had been so sick. He hoped to get back up to game speed in time but didnt make it. But as obvious as that is, its too booring for the gossip mongetimg crowd so they pass over it and keep imagining there is some deep secret juicy story to be uncovered.

  26. The Truth says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:55 pm
    Players bailing out of ne england like rats off a sinking ship
    —————————-

    Seeing how I have been reading about deals with players changing teams all day… strike that…for weeks now, I guess there are no ships afloat in the NFL at all any more.

  27. I agree with those who observed a drop off in Butler’s play.
    couple things: he became targeted more often, teams elected to go in his direction than against Gilmore.
    Psychology and Coach dog housing effect. I did a PhD on “variability in performance due to dog housing effect”

    See the benching in SB.

    I wonder how well others would perform if a team decided they weren’t going to pay you; that your career with said team was over?

    see: “dog housing effect” ibid, et al, also, too

  28. Wellman says:
    March 13, 2018 at 8:23 pm
    Florio isnt ignoring anything. Hes reporting the deals. Thats better for us readers than if he doesnt report them. He does throw in a few ironic comments or reminders that the deal is ahead of when they are allowed to do dealsso he doesnt ignore it. As far as if he should be mounting campagn to condemn the practice he might as well mount a campaign that water shouldnt be wet.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That has never stopped him from acting like a hall monitor before, especially when he thinks the league a.k.a. “the man” is screwing over the players or any number of social causes that are never worth the voluminous space he carves out for them. The fact is that he believes this helps the players and he has drastically increased his support for them over the last year or two. What happened to the “enforce the rule or get rid of the rule” stance that was so prominent before? Maybe I missed it, but the site has basically said the deal won’t be official or final until Wednesday and nothing resembling anything about the rule itself. Also, it is understood that teams have likely made decisions on their players but these last few days were originally supposed to ensure that they could potentially re-sign their guys by ensuring they are the only ones talking up until free agency actually starts. Where is the line drawn? At the combine? Why not immediately after the super bowl or even during the playoffs? IMHO this has made the league worse, not better.

  29. Did someone pull the fire alarm at the NE Patriots’ facility? Because players are running for their lives.

  30. Wellman says:
    March 13, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    He was sick half the week and practiced poorly the rest of the week because he had been so sick. He hoped to get back up to game speed in time but didnt make it. But as obvious as that is, its too booring for the gossip mongetimg crowd so they pass over it and keep imagining there is some deep secret juicy story to be uncovered.

    Thanks. So how much is the fine against NE for none of this having showed up on the injury reports?

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