Former Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler to sign with Titans

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15 March, 2018

That's close to the $40 million guaranteed that Stephon Gilmore received from the Patriots a year ago.

Deals can not be officially signed until Wednesday afternoon.

The Titans are set to sign Butler to a five-year deal worth more than $61 million with over $30 million in guarantees, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. The New Orleans Saints hosted Butler on a visit but never signed him to an offer sheet. He played the entire 2017 season on a $3.91 million contract and joins a group of young and talented defensive backs in Tennessee. He ran for 135 yards on 33 carries and caught 16 passes for 111 yards in New England's three postseason games. Lewis is listed on New England's roster as 5-8 and 195 pounds. Amendola and Edelman played together for five years with the Patriots.

He became the team's top corner the next season and did not disappoint, playing 90 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps while locking down the opposition's top receivers.

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Butler started the Patriots' first two playoff games before he was mysteriously benched for the Super Bowl.

Butler went from Super Bowl hero in the XLIX victory to goat - of sorts - in the LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. New Titans head coach Miek Vrabel, general manager Jon Robinson and cornerback Logan Ryan spent time with the Patriots. Ryan wrote on Twitter earlier Tuesday that he was trying to recruit Butler to Tennessee.

Butler would be a boost to a Lions' passing defense that ranked 27th in the league in 2017, giving up 243.25 yards through the air on average per game.

Lewis is an ideal change-of-pace option for new coordinator Matt LaFleur, who surely will roll with former Heisman victor Derrick Henry as his early-down masher.


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