Malcolm Butler could play for another team if Patriots don’t ante up

Malcolm Butler could play for another team if Patriots don’t ante up

The New England Patriots have a lot of hard decisions to make in regards of personnel this offseason, with cornerback Malcolm Butler high on that list.

The once unknown who sprung on the scene with a Super Bowl saving interception in 2014 as an undrafted free agent, now is commanding the value he has
set the following two seasons.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, If the Patriots play the role of penny pincher, Butler could be stolen by another team under the restricted free agent tag.

Reiss writes:

‘Butler headlines the New England Patriots’ group of restricted free agents, and barring a major surprise, he will be tendered an offer at the highest level by Thursday’s deadline. The exact dollar amount of that offer is now known: $3.91 million.’

‘If they don’t, Butler could be signed to an offer sheet by another team. If the Patriots elect not to match the offer sheet, they would receive a first-round draft choice in return and Butler would be playing elsewhere in 2017.