Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Matt Patricia's Detroit Lions Reportedly Interested In Malcolm Butler

Matt Patricia's Detroit Lions Reportedly Interested In Malcolm Butler

It's the third notable departure from New England on Tuesday with cornerback Malcolm Butler reportedly joining Lewis in Tennessee while receiver Danny Amendola is reportedly leaving to play for the rival Miami Dolphins.

Of course Patricia would consider bringing Butler on board after having worked with him four years. He was benched for the Super Bowl in February.

Butler was an undrafted free-agent out of Division II West Alabama in 2014 and has eight interceptions over his four-year career.

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass by Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks intended for Ricardo Lockette #83 late in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. He finished with 12 deflections and two interceptions.

Last season, he played more snaps than any other New England defensive player in the regular season, and played every snap of both the Patriots' divisional round win over Tennessee and the AFC Championship against Jacksonville.

Butler surprisingly didn't play a defensive snap in the New England Patriots' 41-33 Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles due to what coach Bill Belichick described as a coaching decision. It remains today unclear why Butler didn't play, but it was clear after that game that Butler and the Patriots would be parting ways.

The Titans signed Butler's former teammate, cornerback Logan Ryan, last season and needed help in the secondary to go along with cornerback Adoree Jackson, who started 16 games after being drafted 18th overall. Butler and Ryan were the Patriots starting cornerbacks in Super Bowl LI.

Butler will be playing for former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, a first-year head coach in Tennessee. Second-round pick Cyrus Jones returns after ACL surgery. Although Butler's end story with the Patriots wasn't pretty, he won't be an easy guy to replace on the field.

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