New England Patriots Might Lose 'Frustrated' Malcolm Butler After Signing Stephon Gilmore

With New England's signing of free agent corner Stephon Gilmore, the Patriots have been looking to find a home for restricted free agent Malcolm Butler. Malcolm Butler is now on his third year with the New England Patriots and is a restricted free agent. More likely, the Saints and Butler would agree on a contract and then the Saints and Patriots would agree on a trade for something less than the No. 11 pick. Why would the Eagles trade draft picks and their best defensive back, who just signed a contract extension last year, for a disgruntled wide receiver with only one year remaining on his rookie contract?

The drama surrounding the New England Patriots and star cornerback Malcolm Butler is worsening.

"As great as today is, in all honesty, we're five weeks behind 30 teams in the league in preparing for the 2017 season", he said the morning after the game at Tom Brady's Super Bowl MVP news conference at George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Let Butler sign with the Texans and collect a second round pick.

Butler wants to get paid, but he's not going to get what he wants with the Patriots. That was never realistic, and instead they took the 32nd overall pick and a third-rounder in exchange for Cooks and a fourth-round pick.

Teams control young players' rights for an extended period while paying them at a negotiated, limited scale. If they don't, they Saints will be forced to part ways with their first-round pick in 2017 which is the number 11 spot.

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The 23-year-old receiver has finished the previous two seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards. "His underdog story, high competitive level and fearless tackling, coupled with his Super Bowl XLIX-saving interception, make him one of the club's all-time revered players".

As March wears on, it's only fair to wonder if the same is true of Butler and the Patriots. If he signs, his agent would no longer be allowed to negotiate with teams and his salary for the season would be significantly lower than his asking price.

However, New England's been aggressive in acquiring talent early in free agency.

"Bill [Belichick] has proven over the last couple of years that if you can get a couple of guys who can play man, giving the interior of the defense more flexibility, they are happier", scouting analyst Dan Hatman told Reiss.

So, why did the Patriots slap a first-round tender on Butler?

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