Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Local | By Dorothy Bennett

Butler signs RFA tender with Patriots

Butler signs RFA tender with Patriots

New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler signed his restricted free agent tender on Tuesday.

However, New England is still open to trading him, according to Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio. Signing the tender means Butler will make more money this coming season with 3.91 million.

The trade talks between the Saints and Patriots for cornerback Malcolm Butler could heat back up very soon. In fact, I know we're not going to do that.

The Saints - who hosted Butler on a visit last month - could now rejoin their effort to bring him aboard since they wouldn't be on the hook to send New England their first-rounder (11th overall).

As Doug Kyed of NESN noted, no offer sheet has been made, and the transaction allows the team to discuss trades.

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With a potential trade involving Butler, the Patriots may seek to pick up some early-round draft picks in addition to any players involved in such a move. The one time over the past three years the final pick of round one wasn't traded, it was held by the Patriots.

The Patriots' other home opponents in 2017 include the Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.

Should New England keep Butler, it will have one of the top cornerback duos in the National Football League with Gilmore on the opposite side.

At this point, the Patriots have seven picks to work with when the party gets started on April 27.

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