There have been a lot of rumors swirling around about New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler’s contract situation as of late, but apparently they’ll all a bunch of hogwash.
That’s according to his agent, Derek Simpson, who says the team and Butler haven’t even talked since last year, “and anything that says he keeps asking for the moon is completely false,” he told ESPN on Thursday.
Butler, who instantly rose to stardom with a game-saving interception two years ago in their Super Bowl victory over Seattle, is a restricted free-agent. The team extended Butler a first-round tender, which will pay him a mere $3.91 million for the 2017 season. Suffice to say, he’d like more.
Butler’s reported unhappiness and wish to strike a long-term deal have pushed him into some trade speculation over the past few days – most notably one involving him in a deal that would bring Saints WR Brandin Cooks to New England.
Adding to the intrigue is the Patriots’ uncharacteristic move of signing one of the best, if not the top free agent cornerback in Stephon Gilmore.
Although we’ve been down this road with Bill Belichick and company many times before, it’s fair to say, save your shock for another team – sentimentality is not one of Bill’s strongsuits.