Malcolm Butler returning to Patriots on a two-year deal

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Free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler and Bill Belichick apparently are willing to let bygones be bygones. Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports the Patriots are re-signing Butler to a two-year deal.

The deal is worth a maximum of $9 million, including all the incentives.

Butler, 32, retired from the NFL last August for personal reasons. He last played in 2020 with the Titans.

Butler intercepted Russell Wilson on the goal line to seal the Patriots’ victory over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, but Butler’s exit from the team ended awkwardly.

Butler, who played 98 percent of the defensive snaps in 2017, was benched for Super Bowl LII that season. He played only one snap on special teams and didn’t appear on defense. He said he never got a straight answer from Belichick, who never provided a good explanation publicly.

Butler left for the Titans in free agency in 2018, playing in Tennessee for three seasons. He signed with the Cardinals last season but retired at the end of the preseason.

The Cardinals released him from the reserve/retired list, and the Patriots have given him another opportunity after a visit to team headquarters Monday.

28 responses to “Malcolm Butler returning to Patriots on a two-year deal

  1. I believe they would have lost against Seattle without him and won against the Eagles with him. To have such a pivotal impact is significant.

  2. Belichick will get the best out of him at this stage of his career. Welcome back.

  3. Remember when Bill Belichick was known as the shrewd GM who would cut a player too soon rather than too early and “played chess when everyone else played checkers”? Those days are long gone and NE looks like a bottom 1/3 team in an AFC that looks stronger by the day.

  4. A lot more downside than up.

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    Whoops that was supposed to be the other way around. More upside than down.

  5. Belichick lets them go around the world and then gets them back and still gets the most production out of them without paying like all the other teams.of

  6. No idea if this will work, but I’m glad he’s back. Welcome home Malcolm. Ditto on bringing back Gilmore. There’s definitely more speed in the AFC East to cover now. Hoping they can find a solid corner in the draft too.

  7. So he quits on the Cardinals but goes back to the Patriots? Maybe he was promised to be moved to safety after being embarrassed by Hopkins and Kirk in practices last year …

  8. in 2020, he had 100 tackles, 14 pass def, and 4 picks. Those are pretty good stats, but it could also mean teams were throwing his way a lot because they thought they could beat him.

    Anyway, hopefully he can play within the system and contribute and not be a liability

  9. There will be no benching Butler controversy in the super bowl since the Patriots won’t even sniff the playoffs this year…. Nothing to see here

  10. Bill has lost it. Every other team is loading up and and NE is putting on retreads and has beens

  11. This proves that he accepts the reason for benching.

    It was because of him. Not the coach or anyone else.

    100%.

  12. Bill has lost it
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    He never lost it, he just never had it.

    Just look at the squad he gave to Brady, whatever he gave Brady, Brady was able to produce top offense that was “slow and boring” to help defense.

  13. gamma says:
    March 23, 2022 at 4:51 pm
    Now bring Stephon Gilmore back.

    cancerman2020 says:
    March 23, 2022 at 6:04 pm
    Is Revis available too?

    That still wouldn’t be enough to compete in this division / conference.

  14. gamma says:
    March 23, 2022 at 4:51 pm
    Now bring Stephon Gilmore back.

    That still wouldn’t be enough to compete in this division / conference.

  15. I’ve been following the NFL for approximately 40 years. And I can’t remember so many head scratching oddities and occurrences at one time. Watching Butler in a Patriots uniform again will certainly be one of them. Could you imagine a Broncos -Patriots AFC championship game this season? Viewership would be through the roof. Wilson vs Butler 2!

  16. rustonrifle says:
    March 24, 2022 at 7:48 am
    There will be no benching Butler controversy in the super bowl since the Patriots won’t even sniff the playoffs this year…. Nothing to see here
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    If you’re saying that after their 10-7 season, one can only imagine what you predicted about their 2021 season after finishing 7-9 in 2020.
    I hope you’re not a stockbroker.

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