Malcolm Butler: I’ll ball harder this year at age 31

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The Titans released Malcolm Butler earlier this month, with the veteran cornerback set to account for a $14.2 million cap hit in 2021.

Now Butler is with the Cardinals on a one-year deal and has a chance to elevate their secondary.

Butler — who made the game-saving interception off Russell Wilson for the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX — just turned 31 at the beginning of the month. But he feels like he has plenty left in the tank.

“I’ll ball harder this year,” Butler said in his introductory press conference on Tuesday. “I had my best year at the age of 30, my best year. So age ain’t nothin’ but a number over here.”

Some might disagree with Butler’s assertion, as the Titans finished No. 29 in passing yards allowed, No. 31 in passing touchdowns allowed, and last in allowing a 52 percent third down conversion rate. But Butler did tie a career high with four interceptions, recorded 14 passes defensed, and had 100 total tackles.

Given his cap number, Butler said he wasn’t entirely surprised that the Titans let him go.

“This is the NFL. It’s about business, the cap space, they had some trouble with that,” Butler said. “I was going to make a ton of money this year if I’d have stayed with the Tennessee Titans. And I’m pretty sure they needed help in other positions, so I wasn’t that surprised. But I was. But it’s business. No bad blood with that. They’re just doing what’s best for the team.”

In 100 career games, Butler has 17 interceptions, 82 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, and 3.0 sacks.

6 responses to “Malcolm Butler: I’ll ball harder this year at age 31

  1. Again, why BB walked. His D got shredded all year and he claims he played well on a bad D.

    hahaa

    bawahaha

    He was overpaid in Tenn and will be overpaid in Arizona still thinking he is a #1 CB, when he isn’t.

  2. I think he is still a solid player. TN pass rush was horrible last year. DBs had to cover forever. Also, Adoree Jackson was out almost the entire year…Butler was literally the only one back there balling week after week. He is a hard nosed, aggressive player. Sometimes gets beat deep but overall a very solid play. Agree that he is not a #1 CB, but he can play on my time anytime. But not for $14M.

  3. He has lost step. When a guy is talking about his age and screaming he had a great year when he was beaten like a drum is a bad sign.

  4. Played well considering he was asked to cover for 10 seconds every pass.

  5. For an undrafted rookie free agent, he’s been a very good player.

    Bill Belichick gets heat for some of his draft picks, but he doesn’t get enough credit for the homeruns he hits in the late rounds and after the draft with undrafted signings.

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