Best Remaining Destinations for Malcolm Butler in Free Agency
By michael obermuller
Still most famous for his game-winning interception in Super Bowl XLIX, Malcolm Butler never really lived up to his contract with the Tennessee Titans. This offseason, the cornerback was released as a cap casualty.
Now Butler is back on the open market, and as one of the more notable corners left in free agency, let's take a look at some of the best fits for the former Tennessee Titan cornerback.
3. Seattle Seahawks
Wouldn't this be ironic? We have seen NFL franchises target players that have spurned them in the past, and Butler is almost single-handedly responsible for the Seattle Seahawks losing Super Bowl XLIX. Pete Carroll also desperately needs help in the secondary after losing Shaquill Griffin (and possibly Quinton Dunbar who remains unsigned). Seattle is cap-stretched, but Butler shouldn't cost too much after his struggles in Tennessee. This could be a buy-low prove-it opportunity for the Seahawks and Butler, in which the defensive back might be able to start off with a one-year deal.
2. Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers are one of the main franchises left that one, still have plenty of cap space, and two, need a starting caliber cornerback. Veteran Casey Hayward was cut this offseason, which left Chris Harris Jr. and Michael Davis at the front of the Chargers secondary. Harris has always been more of a nickelback, so LAC could still use a player like Butler alongside Davis. Butler himself may also be interested in this match, especially if he's able to garner a better offer to play in California, rather than Seattle.
1. New England Patriots
Of course, it would probably make the most sense for Butler to come on home to Foxboro (as many ex-Patriots do). New England just signed Kyle Van Noy last week after a one-year experiment with the Miami Dolphins, and Bill Belichick is famous for bringing back his prior success stories. Butler would be a scheme fit in New England, and the Pats may need a corner to replace free agent Jason McCourty. If the free agency market for Butler is cold, as expected, a reunion with Matt Patricia and Belichick may be in the best interest of all parties involved.
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