Malcolm Butler signs with Tennessee Titans

Aubrey Yates
March 14, 2018

A former Patriots executive in Jon Robinson runs the Titans front office, and he hired former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel to be his coach this year.

Malcolm Butler is officially moving on from the Patriots. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the impending signing. That's a massive pay raise for the 27-year-old, who played the 2017 season on a one-year, $3.91 million tender and made $600,000 or less in each of his first three National Football League seasons.

The Titans are signing free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler to a five-year deal worth $61 million, according to multiple sources.

Butler played four seasons in New England, winning two Super Bowls with the Patriots.

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But the corner will best be remembered for his unforgettable game-sealing interception (and several other great plays) in a Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seattle Seahawks. Despite Butler's benching, he's a bona fide starter, and now he has the contract to prove it.

Butler started every game in 2015 and 2016, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 2015, though his future with the team was uncertain after the 2016 season, when he was a restricted free agent. 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.

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. Butler's arrival will push Ryan into a pure slot cornerback role, which has become as important as a left tackle in today's NFL.

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