Malcolm Butler agrees to deal with Titans, agent says

Lynette Rowe
March 14, 2018

Butler intercepted Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson at the goal line, delivering a victory for the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

The Tennessee Titans declined to comment because free agency does not begin until Wednesday afternoon.

It's the third notable departure from New England on Tuesday with cornerback Malcolm Butler reportedly joining Lewis in Tennessee while receiver Danny Amendola is reportedly leaving to play for the rival Miami Dolphins.'s Ian Rapoport says the Titans are signing Butler on a 5-year contract worth more than $61 million with more than $30 million guaranteed.

An undrafted free agent in 2014, Butler made the Patriots 53-man roster out of Division II West Alabama. But just over a month ago, Butler rode the bench as the Patriots ultimately fell in Super Bowl LII, a healthy scratch that has yet to be explained in detail.

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The cornerback was well-respected in the Patriots' locker room and played last season under a $3.9 million tender offer. The defensive-minded coach coordinated in New England from 2012-17.

The Patriots would go on to lose that game 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles. It's the blockbuster contract he sought but never received from the Patriots.

His two interceptions were the same number as fellow cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was signed by the Patriots to a five-year, $65 million deal last spring.

Butler's addition gives the Titans the ability to move Ryan to the No. 2 corner position and shift Adoree' Jackson into the slot which was an area of need for Tennessee heading into the offseason. No defense saw more passes thrown its way than the Titans', and the unit ranked 25th in passing yards and 24th in passing touchdowns allowed. General manager Jon Robinson got his start in the National Football League as a scout with the Patriots.

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