Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Malcolm Butler To Sign With Titans For Five Years, $61 Million

Malcolm Butler To Sign With Titans For Five Years, $61 Million

Malcolm Butler is headed to Tennessee in free agency, according to reports.

Butler was an undrafted free-agent out of Division II West Alabama in 2014 and has eight interceptions over his four-year career. He failed to keep his momentum moving forward in 2017; while he made 15 starts, his play declined as a revamped Patriot secondary allowed more passing yards than all but one other team in the NFL.

Butler spent the first four seasons of his career in New England, making the Pro Bowl once and winning two Super Bowls.

The two-time champion and hero of Super Bowl XLIX was controversially benched by Bill Belichick in Super Bowl LII in a decision that split the locker room and all but guaranteed that Butler will play elsewhere in 2018.

An overlooked prospect in 2014 out of Division II West Alabama, he had been invited to New England for a tryout and earned a contract on the offseason 90-man roster nearly a month after the draft.

Butler will join Logan Ryan as former Patriots cornerbacks to sign with the Titans in consecutive offseasons. That offseason, the Patriots signed corner Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million contract.

Butler was also part of the Patriots' Super Bowl LI 34-28 overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons. This past season was his most uneven since taking over for Darrelle Revis as a starter, but he still played a team-high 97.8 percent of defensive snaps and led all Patriots defenders with 12 pass breakups. Their depth chart at the position now consists of Gilmore, Eric Rowe, Cyrus Jones, Jonathan Jones and practice squadders Ryan Lewis and Jomal Wiltz.

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