The New England Patriots hold the rights to cornerback Malcom Butler, who was reportedly upset with the lack of negotiation from the team in terms of a long-term deal – things seemed to have cooled off, but that won’t stop him from finding a deal elsewhere if the Pats aren’t willing to budge..
Butler is currently a restricted free agent who conspicuously wasn’t included in the trade between the Saints and Patriots for WR Brandin Cook, as many thought.
But seeing how things apparently went in Butler’s visit with the Saints, another deal could be in the works. The Saints seem pretty on-board with the notion, with head coach Sean Payton lavishing praise on the young corner who was the hero of Super Bowl XLIX.
“He’s a sharp, sharp kid,” Payton told KLSD-AM in San Diego, per NFL.com
“The first three years he’s had in this league, he’s had a tremendous amount of success, winning two Super Bowls in three years and been a big part of a team that’s accomplished a lot,” Payton said. “So I’d say he’s humble, but when you watch the tape, he plays with a chip on his shoulder. We practiced with New England now in that three-year timeframe twice. So there’s a lot of additional practice tape that we have a chance to look closely at and I’m sure (Patriots coach) Bill (Belichick) and his staff (did) the same … when evaluating (wideout Brandin) Cooks.”