The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe spoke to 98.5 The Sports Hub Tuesday morning and offered up his latest info on what’s going on with the New England Patriots and cornerback Malcolm Butler.
Butler has reportedly been frustrated with the team’s lack of interest in getting a long-term deal done to his liking. Things boiled over quite a bit when they signed free agent CB Stephon Gilmore to a lucrative deal, when the Pats had apparently told Butler that Gilmore wouldn’t be signed.
Reports over the weekend sounded as if Butler would be gone real soon, with his agent, Derek Simpson contacting teams about a trade, possibly involving a 1st-round pick.
But as of Monday, things seem to cool off with New England offering the restricted free agent $6-7 million per season. “It’s not exactly “the moon,” but Howe deemed it a “fair” offer for Butler,” per The Boston Herald, via CBS Boston.
“There was a short period of time when Butler was pretty angry about it,” Howe said. “I think eventually he calmed down, the anger subsided.”
“If you’re Butler and you’re negotiating with the Patriots … whereas 6-9 months ago you probably would’ve taken $10 million a year, now you’re probably not going to take a penny less than $13 million a year,” said Howe. “So that kind of changes that whole spectrum.”