Malcolm Butler: I never got a reason for SB LII benching

Malcolm Butler: I never got a reason for SB LII benching

Javier Howell
March 17, 2018

He spent much of last offseason attached to various trade rumours, but the native of Vicksburg, MS signed a one-year deal to return to the Pats as a restricted free agent. Butler claims the future Hall of Famer called him several times after the Super Bowl just genuinely showing concern. Avery Williamson could be on the move, so the Titans will need to replace him. So what do the Titans do?

"I'll always have love for New England", Butler told Howe.

For Patriots Nation, it will be yet another of their Super Bowl heroes wearing a different uniform.

The Titans will get a versatile cornerback who can play outside and in the slot.

This is the same thing the Patriots have always done under Belichick, with varied results. The Houston Texans have tried it with Bill O'Brien, Romeo Crennel, and Vrabel recently, but they couldn't pull it off because they didn't have a quarterback. QB Marcus Mariota will now have a reliable option out of the backfield that can move the chains on third-downs. For the most part, they really had love for me.

Walker has reported that Butler's agent, Derek Simpson, has revealed that the cornerback is signing a five-year deal worth more than $60 million with the Tennessee Titans. To bring some more bite to their running back rotation they added Dion Lewis on a four-year, $23 million contract that includes $11.5 million in guarantees.

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Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots reacts in the fourth quarter during the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

The team had by all accounts a very successful 2017 season. With Mariota working best in spread situations and at speed, Lewis can be the exact kind of weapon to exploit exhausted linebackers and fool defensive coordinators.

The Patriots expected to lose both players to free agency. He hasn't spoken to Bill Belichick since the Super Bowl. Those fans, they really had love for me and they still do. He'll also be reunited with former teammate Logan Ryan as well as Malcolm Butler, who also agreed to a deal with the Titans on Tuesday.

The Titans lost focus a year ago.

Butler's situation has remained one of the top Patriots-related stories since the Super Bowl loss.

Lewis and Titans running back Derrick Henry should form an interesting 1-2 duo. "Even when you're not ready to move on, you've got to move on, so I just kept moving on, just tried to keep my confidence up and rebuild everything from the ground up". And now they have players that are as well.