Last off-season, the Tennessee Titans signed former New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan to a three-year, $30 million contract.
I guess they liked what they saw out of Ryan last year, because today, they agreed to once again sign another former Patriots cornerback in Malcolm Butler.
Butler will reportedly officially sign with the Titans on a five-year, $61 million contract that includes $30 million guaranteed. In-addition to joining Ryan in the Tennessee secondary, Butler will also join Adoree’ Jackson, Johnathan Cyprien, and Kevin Byard.
It was a weird ending for Butler with the Patriots. The play that he became known for in New England was his goal line interception of Russell Wilson in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl 49 to seal a Patriots win. Yet, in Super Bowl 52, Butler didn’t play a single defense snap, and there are various reports out there why he didn’t play at all. We will never know the clear cut answer as to what actually happened, but what we all do know is Butler definitely could’ve made a significant difference in the game.
“They gave up on me. F—. It is what it is,” Butler said, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss when Reiss asked Butler why he didn’t play in the biggest game of the 2017 NFL season. “I don’t know what it was. I guess I wasn’t playing good or they didn’t feel comfortable. I don’t know. But I could have changed that game.”
The only game action Butler received in the Super Bowl was on special teams, leaving Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe, and Johnson Bademosi to handle nearly all the playing time at cornerback. That will appear to be the Patriots corner rotation in 2018 as the roster stands right now, as well.
During his time with the Patriots, Butler was an extremely durable player. He never missed a regular season game from 2015-2017 due to injury, and his production on the field matched his elite-level health. For his career, Butler has 205 tackles, 48 pass deflections, 8 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 stacks. He was ranked as our 7th best free agent in the 2018 free agent class, and the top free agent at cornerback overall.
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