Report: Malcolm Butler “definitely” plans to play in 2022

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Cornerback Malcolm Butler surprisingly retired just before the start of the 2021 season. He’d signed with the Cardinals as a free agent and was slated to be a significant part of their defense.

But when Arizona released Butler from the reserve/retired list on Thursday, it prompted speculation that the cornerback might want to play again. Apparently, that’s exactly the case.

According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, a source close to Butler said the cornerback is “definitely” attempting a comeback and plans to play in 2022.

Because Arizona released Butler from the reserve/retired list, he’s now an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team.

Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said back in early September that Butler was taking care of “personal” matters and that the cornerback’s retirement didn’t have to do with his play.

Butler appeared in all 16 games for Tennessee back in 2020, making 100 total tackles, 14 passes defensed, and four interceptions.

Butler, who as a rookie made the game-winning interception in Super Bowl XLIX, has appeared in 100 career games with 84 starts and recorded 17 interceptions.

10 responses to “Report: Malcolm Butler “definitely” plans to play in 2022

  1. He bailed on the Cards because he got mad that he wasn’t running as a starter because according to sources he couldn’t run anymore. Good luck to whoever signs him.

  2. Coach Belichick benches this guy in the Super Bowl as we all know and takes all the grief in the world for it… he went to the Titans where he was absolutely horrible in his first year and meh in his other season… then he quit on the Cardinals. Now he’s looking for his 4th team.

    Say what you want about that decision but clearly something seems off with this guy. Thanks for that Super Bowl INT though.

  3. No thanks.
    I mean thanks for the memories Malcolm, but that was a lifetime ago in football years.

  4. Angel Valle says:
    February 18, 2022 at 12:40 pm
    I’d take him back in new England if his head is in straight but that’s a big if.

    That’s what I was trying to say. I’m not sure it is on straight. Belichick is taking all the heat for the benching but obviously something happened leading up to that Super Bowl that got him benched. I don’t believe it was just an argument with Matt Patricia. It was a lot more than that.

    And now he quit on the Cardinals. Something is not right with this guy. He won’t be playing for any team.

  5. This dude can go to hell for all I am concerned. He quit on the Cards and put them in a bad situation due to the timing… Hope that he gets blackballed from the league now…

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