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Malcolm Butler | Defensive Back | #21

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/2/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
College: West Alabama
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Malcolm Butler says he never missed curfew during Super Bowl week or "participated any of the ridiculous activities being reported."
There have been a range of rumors since Butler's de facto deactivation on Super Bowl Sunday. He says they are all false. No one, from Bill Belichick to outgoing DC Matt Patricia, has been willing to weigh in on why Butler, who led the Patriots in defensive snaps in 2017, was benched for the biggest game of the year. The only thing that's clear is that Butler will be moving on in free agency. Feb 6 - 4:21 PM

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Speaking Monday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick refused to elaborate on his reasons for benching CB Malcolm Butler for Super Bowl LII.

"I appreciate the question," Belichick claimed. "But it would be a much longer discussion. There are a lot of things that go into that. In the end, the final decision is what I said it was." Belichick has insisted Butler was benched for "football reasons." Outgoing DC Matt Patricia wasn't any more expansive. Speaking after Sunday's loss, Eric Rowe, who started in Butler's place, said he learned the news just before kickoff. It's almost unfathomable that Belichick would make such a big decision that close to game time, suggesting there is still much we don't know about the situation.
Feb 5 - 2:11 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said after Sunday's Super Bowl loss that impending free agent CB Malcolm Butler was benched for "football reasons."

One of the most surprising storylines from Super Bowl 52 was Butler's benching. The Patriots dug deep into their depth to replace him, using special teamer Johnson Bademosi at corner alongside Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe. Rowe gave up a 34-yard touchdown to Alshon Jeffery, and Bademosi couldn't hang with Nelson Agholor in the slot. The Patriots were a worse team without Butler on the field. Butler is now a free agent, and can't be expected back in New England.
Feb 4 - 11:03 PM

Patriots CB Malcolm Butler did not start Super Bowl 52 against the Eagles due to a "coaches' decision."

Butler fell ill late in the week, but it appears his sickness has nothing to do with Butler's benching. Butler did become a bit of a liability late in the season, but not to the extent that he seemed likely to earn a demotion in favor of Eric Rowe. Rowe and Stephon Gilmore opened the game as the Patriots' starting corners, and SS Patrick Chung has been playing in the slot.
Feb 4 - 7:28 PM

Patriots CB Malcolm Butler says he wants to re-sign with New England.

An impending free agent, Butler is coming off a down year, grading outside of PFF's top-50 corners. He was the subject of heavy trade rumors after New England signed Stephon Gilmore and is unlikely to get a multi-year extension. With Jimmy Garoppolo gone, it's possible the Patriots franchise Butler.
Jan 31 - 6:06 PM

The Boston Herald reports the Patriots want to extend contract-year CB Malcolm Butler.

Butler was shopped this offseason, but there’s mutual interest on him returning. With Stephon Gilmore making top corner money, it’s going to be difficult for the Patriots to sign him. It’s possible Butler will be franchised if Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t tagged.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 08:06:00 PM

NESN's Doug Kyed replied "it's looking that way" when asked if the Patriots would trade CB Malcolm Butler this season.

Kyed didn't offer up any specifics, but Butler has seemed to fall out of favor in New England after being benched in Week 2 against the Saints and coming on as the No. 3 corner behind Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe. Butler is in the final year of his deal, and the Patriots could use some pass-rushing help. Butler has long been wanting an extension but hasn't gotten it from the Pats.
Source: NESN
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 09:09:00 AM

Patriots RCB Malcolm Butler is unsure if he will start in Week 3.

Butler came off the bench in Week 2, but ended up playing 49-of-65 snaps. Coach Bill Belichick has made it clear he hasn't been happy with Butler's play. He had a rough Week 1 in the Chiefs' beatdown of the Pats, but was better against the Saints. Eagles castoff Eric Rowe is the Pats' No. 3 corner.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 05:28:00 PM

Patriots CB Malcolm Butler called teammate Stephon Gilmore "very underrated" and "one of the best guys in the league."

"We got another good player on this team," Butler said. "Anything to help the team win, I'm down with." Butler wasn't on board with the Gilmore signing at the time and even tried to facilitate his own trade to New Orleans, but those plans never panned out. He's saying the right things but ultimately we'd expect Butler to jump ship as a free agent next offseason.
Fri, May 26, 2017 02:07:00 PM

CSN New England's Mike Giardi reports CB Malcolm Butler "badly wanted" to be traded and play for the Saints.

"He wanted to be traded," Giardi said. "He knew what the money was in New Orleans. So when we talk about him, 'Oh he's happy. It's nice that he's joined his teammates again.' He had no other choice. He wanted New Orleans. He wanted them badly. They couldn't work out a deal. So what's he supposed to do now? Sit at home? No, you suck it up. You have to turn yourself back into a Patriot at least for a year." Butler reported for voluntary workouts this week, showing he likely won't be a holdout case come training camp. He'll want to put together another great season to get paid the big money he's been seeking the past two years.
Fri, May 5, 2017 11:04:00 AM

Patriots CB Malcolm Butler reported to voluntary workouts this week.

He had been skipping the informal sessions prior to the draft as the Patriots mulled a trade, but it never materialized with the Saints, and Butler is said to be "all in" for 2017 in New England. Butler has nothing to gain by being salty. He's playing on a one-year deal and is hoping to hit it big in free agency next March. Butler and Stephon Gilmore will be one of the top corner duos.
Wed, May 3, 2017 11:20:00 AM

Speaking on Friday, Saints coach Sean Payton refused to rule out a trade for Patriots CB Malcolm Butler or Rams CB Trumaine Johnson.

This comes less than 24 hours after the Saints used their No. 11 pick on Marshon Lattimore. Acquiring Butler seemed inevitable for New Orleans at one point, but talks have broken down and Butler hurt his chances of being traded by waiting too long to sign his restricted free agent tender. If the Saints were going to land a top-flight corner via trade, it would have happened by now.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Apr 28, 2017 01:42:00 PM

Saints GM Mickey Loomis said there hasn't been "any discussion for quite some time" on trading for Malcolm Butler.

The Saints haven't ruled out a Butler deal, but this falls in line with reports it's highly unlikely. With one of the deeper drafts for corners, the Saints are "leaning toward" keeping both their first round picks. Barring a late trade, Butler should play out the final year of his Patriots contract.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Apr 26, 2017 04:21:00 PM

According to MMQB's Peter King, the Saints are "leaning toward" keeping their first three picks rather than trading one or more for Malcolm Butler.

The Saints hold the Nos. 11, 32, and 42 picks in the top first round-and-a-half of action this coming weekend. They also have picks 76 and 103, making that five selections in the first two days of the draft. The thinking has been that New Orleans would part with No. 32 to land Butler, but King reports the Saints value the top-75 of their draft board and would prefer to use those picks rather than surrender one or more for Butler and then have to sign him to a massive deal.
Source: MMQB
Mon, Apr 24, 2017 09:51:00 AM

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, if the Patriots trade Malcolm Butler to the Saints, "this is the week for it to happen."

Reiss believes it will come down to whether the Saints are willing to trade the No. 32 overall pick (which they received from the Patriots in last month's Brandin Cooks trade) or No. 42 and another pick with New England throwing in a late-rounder. Per Reiss, the Patriots "don't have any qualms" in keeping Butler around at his $3.91 million salary. Butler was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2016 and graded out as PFF's No. 5 corner out of 119 qualifiers.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Apr 23, 2017 08:57:00 AM

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