By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Despite wanting out of New England, Butler made things tricky, as he signed his tender sheet last week.
Also, the Saints are reportedly not willing to part with one of its high draft picks to get the 27-year-old, including the Patriots first-round pick they acquired in the Brandin Cooks trade. So, it looks like the Patriots are going to keep Butler for one more year.
Next season, with Butler, the Patriots are going to have one of the best secondaries in the league. They are going to have the former Super Bowl hero at one corner with free agent signee Stephon Gilmore at the other with Eric Rowe being a slot corner.
On paper, these three corners appear like they are going to be able to shut down the aerial attacks of any offense they face during the 2017 season.
If no long-term deal cam be reached, Butler will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018. There’s already belief that he could garner $10 million or more on the open market next off-season, as the top corner available.
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