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Malcolm Butler signs RFA tag with Patriots

The signing may indicate a trade with the Saints is coming soon

April 18, 2017 - 4:21 pm

Restricted free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler has signed his RFA tender with the Patriots per NFL wire reports.   Butler had until April 21 to do so.

The tender was at the first round level, with a salary of $3.91 million for the 2017 season.   Signing the tender means the Butler won't be signing with New Orleans, therefore the Saints won't have to send their highest first round pick (#11) to the Patriots in order to aquire the 27 year old.  

However, the signing now opens the door to a possible trade from the Patriots to the Saints.   The two teams have been in discussion for over a month on ways to get Butler to New Orleans.  Signing the RFA tender was the first step in a trade process that now could accelerate over the next week before the NFL draft.

WWL's Bobby Hebert says he wants to see that trade to the Saints happen. 

"I'm a Malcolm Butler fan," Hebert said today on WWL's Sports Talk (M-F 4p-8p).  "The success he had was very similar to Richard Sherman of Seattle.  If you do bring Malcolm Butler aboard you still expect him to play not only at a Pro Bowl level, but an All Pro level."

The Cajun Cannon also said he thinks trading the #32 overall pick for Butler would be a good idea.

"Malcolm Butler has proven he can play at the highest level in the NFL.  You don't know if the player (the Saints select) at #32 would work out."

Butler is entering his fourth NFL season, accumulating six interceptions and 35 pass deflections in that time.  He was also Super Bowl XLIX MVP when he intercepted a pass from Seattle's Russell Wilson in the final minute of the game to seal the Patriots win.

Is Malcolm Butler a step closer to becoming a member of the Saints?

WWL's Dave Cohen and Steve Geller talk about the process moving forward that could mean Butler winds up in black and gold.

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