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Malcolm Butler to sign with the Tennessee Titans

14 March 2018

Malcolm Butler won't be following former New England coordinator Matt Patricia to Detroit, but he is staying in the Patriots' extended family. The deal is worth $61 million over five years with $30 million in guaranteed money.

The Tennessee Titans declined to comment because free agency does not begin until Wednesday afternoon.

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Butler finished the 2017 season with 60 combined tackles, two interceptions and 12 passes defended.

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Butler's durability was impressive in his time with the Patriots, as he played 98.8 percent of the defensive snaps in 2015, followed by 96.7 and 97.8 the next two seasons.

The New Orleans Saints pursued Butler as a restricted free agent a year ago, but the trade price was too high. He also had 32 receptions for 214 yards and three touchdowns. He barely played that season, playing sparingly in 11 games, but come Super Bowl XLIX, everything changed. It's the blockbuster contract he sought but never received from the Patriots. Devin McCourty served as the leader of the defensive backfield in each of Butler's campaigns in New England, and the star safety clearly was excited about the 28-year-old's new contract. Teammates nicknamed him "Strap" because of his ability to closely cover receivers and also "Scrap" for his scrappy style of play.

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Butler's move to Tennessee will reunite him with former Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan, general manager Jon Robinson and first-year head coach Mike Vrabel.

Malcolm Butler to sign with the Tennessee Titans