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Patriots star Malcolm Buter signs restricted free agent tender

20 April 2017

The New England Patriots signed cornerback Malcolm Butler to a free agent tender on Tuesday that makes the hero of their fourth Super Bowl victory eligible to be traded.

Butler has no intention of participating in voluntary offseason workouts, according to Michael Giardi of CSN New England.

Butler could be signed by another team and that team would have to offer the Patriots their first round pick. In fact, I know we're not going to do that. If Buffalo does not decide to match, then New England will have to send over a fifth-round pick as compensation for Gillislee's tender.

Although the Saints and Patriots may very well agree on a trade before the NFL Draft, it is doubtful the Saints will give up the 11th pick of the draft. The final pick of round one has been traded two of the past three years as National Football League teams vie for the opportunity to have a player under team control for that additional fifth year. However, the Patriots will not be able to pull off a deal unless Butler is officially under contract. There's also a decent chance they make a trade before the draft in hopes of getting back into Day 1.

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Secondly, New England exhausted a ton of capital in adding the likes of Cooks, Kony Ealy and Dwayne Allen in separate trades last month. He visited with just one team, the Saints, during free agency.

It looks like Jimmy Garoppolo will be playing 2017 with the Patriots.

As of now, Butler figures to line up opposite Gilmore in what should be one of the NFL's most talented secondaries, if not the best.

Patriots star Malcolm Buter signs restricted free agent tender