The New England Patriots have re-signed cornerback Malcolm Butler, the hero of their fourth Super Bowl victory, to a restricted free agent tender contract.
While the Patriots and Bill Belichick aren't exactly prone to making splashes, one could be just what this franchise needs to stay on top in 2017.
Butler was the center of talks between the New Orleans Saints and the Patriots ahead of the blockbuster trade that sent star receiver Brandin Cooks to New England.
The Saints have been searching for help at cornerback for years. But until that time, it appears that the Patriots and Butler are far enough apart that he won't be joining the team for any work that is not required of him. We can sign him to an offer sheet, but I don't think we're going to do that and give up the 11 pick.
"Anything that we do, we're always going to do what we think is in the best interest of our football team, and that's how we approach it", Caserio said. As the draft gets closer it will be worth watching Butler as the Patriots have no picks in the first two rounds and Butler could be on another team to start the season. His most memorable play came in the Super Bowl two seasons ago when he intercepted Russell Wilson at the goal line in the Patriots victory.