NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Cornerback Malcolm Butler's agent says Butler and the Tennessee Titans have agreed to a five-year deal worth more than $60 million. In addition to Butler and Solder, Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis are also free agents.
Malcolm Butler of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass by Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIX. He started 15 of 16 games in New England, but did not play a single down in the team's Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.
The worst kept secret this offseason was that Butler wouldn't return to the Patriots, but the departure is a reminder of how far the 28-year-old has come over the last four years. Butler didn't play a single defensive snap in the 41-33 defeat. Butler is not coming off a career year, but he's played well in recent seasons despite often following top opposing receivers. The New Orleans Saints hosted Butler on a visit but never signed him to an offer sheet.
Rex Burkhead celebrates with Tom Brady after rushing for a one-yard touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers
His two interceptions were the same number as fellow cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was signed by the Patriots to a five-year, $65 million deal last spring.
General manager Jon Robinson started in New England, head coach Mike Vrabel was a star linebacker with the Patriots, and now they are assembling a roster full of former Patriots. Ryan wrote on Twitter earlier Tuesday that he was trying to recruit Butler to Tennessee. He also had 32 receptions for 214 yards and three touchdowns. General manager Jon Robinson got his start in the National Football League as a scout with the Patriots.