Titans to Sign Former Patriots CB Malcolm Butler

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ESPN reported last week that the New York Jets also are expected to have interest in Butler.

The Titans are signing free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler to a five-year deal worth $61 million, according to multiple sources.

The New England Patriots made it pretty clear cornerback Malcolm Butler wasn't long for the team in Super Bowl LII, when the Pro Bowler was inexplicably in uniform but never stepped onto the field on defense. After the game, in an emotional moment, Butler said the Patriots gave up on him. Instead, he signed for a below-market one-year, $3.9 million tender that would allow him full-fledged free agency this spring.

Per NBC Sports Boston, the Lions - who are led by a pair of ex-Patriots in head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn - are "quite interested" in Butler's services.

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At that point, no one knew if Butler would remain a flash-in-the-pan Super Bowl hero or make something of himself.

An undrafted free agent in 2014, Butler made the Patriots 53-man roster out of Division II West Alabama. If it ends up being a third-rounder, which is the highest possible, that will be an important chip for them to preserve in their decision-making process this offseason (the compensatory formula is complex and takes into account the net loss of compensatory free agents, among other things).

The Titans signed Butler's former teammate, cornerback Logan Ryan, last season and needed help in the secondary to go along with cornerback Adoree Jackson, who started 16 games after being drafted 18th overall.

He was named to his first Pro Bowl the next year, and second-team Associated Press All-Pro in 2016. Despite Butler's benching, he's a bona fide starter, and now he has the contract to prove it.

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