3 Most Likely Malcolm Butler Free Agent Destinations
Former Tennessee Titan Malcolm Butler is just one of the many veteran cap casualty cuts so far this offseason and is now looking to sign with a new team. The NFL cornerback played well in 2020 tying a career-high with 4 interceptions and setting a personal best with 100 tackles on the season.
A number of NFL teams will be looking to add experience and depth to their defenses before next season kicks off and Butler would fit that role perfectly. With that being said, here are the three most likely free agent destinations for Butler.
Malcolm Butler Free Agent Destinations
1. Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts acted as a division rival for Butler over the last few seasons, but could easily be the next team he joins. The Colts developed starter Xavier Rhodes into one of the best corners in the NFL, but will likely lose him to free agency this offseason. Even if they are able to re-sign Rhodes, think of the nightmares they can cause with Butler starting alongside him. Indianapolis is projected to have over $46 million in cap space (No. 4 in the NFL), according to Over The Cap. That means they will have the capability of signing a player like Butler and upgrading their defense as a whole.
2. Cleveland Browns
If Butler wants to sign with a Super Bowl contender, he could look towards a Cleveland Browns squad with a lot of potential. This is the type of move that would take the Browns defense to another level. Butler's ability to shut down opposing receivers and tackle in the open field would bring a new spark to this defense. Pairing an experienced player in Butler with a young stud in Denzel Ward would create a great starting duo. The Browns' front office has shown in the past that it is not afraid to spend money in the secondary, which makes a move like this seem likely.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are another team with a lot of cap space available this offseason and needs to address on their defense. They are projected to have over $42 million (No. 5 in the NFL) and could target Butler in order to shore up the cornerback position. The Bengals gave up an average of 241.2 passing yards per game last season, which was the 14th-most in the NFL. Plus, Cincinnati is losing both of its starting cornerbacks in Mackensie Alexander and William Jackson III to free agency this offseason. Signing Butler as an experienced replacement is an intriguing option for the Bengals.
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