As expected, Malcolm Butler has found a new home.
According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Butler will with the Tennessee Titans when free agency officially opens. On Tuesday, the former All-Pro cornerback agreed to a five-year, $61 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, that will include more than $30 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. While Butler played in 97.8 percent of the team's regular-season snaps and every postseason snap, he played just one snap, which was on special teams, during the Super Bowl. Butler doesn't appear to have any chance of returning to New England and is one of the top corners available. He was the hero in their Super Bowl win over the Seahawks, but he became a huge storyline after being benched in the Super Bowl.
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Butler started every game in 2015 and 2016, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 2015, although his future with the team was uncertain after the 2016 season as he was a restricted free agent. 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. He was a full-time starter for the final three seasons and notched eight interceptions with 43 pass breakups.
Butler, 28, has spent his entire four-year career with the Patriots after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of West Alabama. Butler had his best seasons while playing with Ryan in New England's secondary. The Titans' head coach (Mike Vrabel) and general manager (Jon Robinson) also are alumni of the Patriots organization.