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Butler, Saints agree to deal; trade unlikely 

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Malcolm Butler has agreed to a multi-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport. The Saints are going to try to work out a deal with the New England Patriots.

Rapoport also mentioned that a trade is unlikely, though. According to the Boston Herald‘s Jeff Howe, Butler’s deal with the Saints is worth more than $50 million.

Malcolm Butler trying to tackle Devonta Freeman (Getty Images)

Malcolm Butler trying to tackle Devonta Freeman (Getty Images)

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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