Malcolm Butler Signing With Titans After Four Seasons With Patriots

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Reports: Malcolm Butler To Sign With Titans For Five Years, $61 Million

An overlooked prospect in 2014 out of Division II West Alabama, he was invited to New England for a tryout and earned a contract on the offseason 90-man roster nearly a month after the draft.

Throughout his tenure in New England, Butler tallied 209 combined tackles, 50 defended passes, eight interceptions and two sacks.

But the corner will best be remembered for his unforgettable game-sealing interception (and several other great plays) in a Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seattle Seahawks. It's a move that Belichick repeatedly said was made for football reasons.

Butler's contract will be a five-year, $61 million deal with $30 million guaranteed, a source told NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

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Malcolm Butler, as expected, will not play with the Patriots next season after agreeing to join the Tennessee Titans. He'll play for former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel and former Pats personnel man Jon Robinson, who are now the Titans' head coach and general manager, respectively. Now 28, Butler will be 33 by the time his contract is up.

But just over a month ago, Butler rode the bench as the Patriots ultimately fell in Super Bowl LII, a healthy scratch that has yet to be explained in detail.

After playing more than 95% of the snaps during the season, Butler did not play any defensive snaps during this year's Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia. Despite the Lions appearing to be in the finals of the Butler sweepstakes, the rising cornerback is signing with the Titans instead.

While there is a lot of stability on the Patriots roster from 2017 to 2018, the few big names that could depart are impact players.

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