Malcolm Butler signs with Tennessee Titans

Malcolm Butler signs with Tennessee Titans

On Tuesday, the former All-Pro cornerback agreed to a five-year, $61 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, that will include more than $30 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The presence of former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel as a first-year head coach, coupled with former Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan in the defensive backfield, is one of the best things that could have happened to Butler.

Butler's defection to Tennessee marks the second straight year that a Patriots cornerback will leave in free agency to join the Titans.

Malcolm Butler's feel-good story in New England has come to an end. The Texans did show interest, but not enough.

Butler was also part of the Patriots' Super Bowl LI 34-28 overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons. Indeed, Butler played in every regular-season game from 2015-17, starting all but one. Tennessee has approximately $59 million in salary cap space after releasing running back DeMarco Murray and three other players last week.

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It's the next step on a four-year career that's included three Super Bowl appearances. Butler didn't play a single defensive snap in the 41-33 defeat.

It only makes sense that such a Patriots-heavy brain trust would both aggressively pursue Butler and then succeed in landing him. Butler played alongside Ryan and signed under Robinson, formerly Bill Belichick's director of college scouting.

Throughout his tenure in New England, Butler tallied 209 combined tackles, 50 defended passes, eight interceptions and two sacks. He's never forgotten that as he ascended to National Football League starter and Pro Bowler.

It wasn't long ago that Butler was working at a Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen in Vicksburg, Miss., making $7.25 an hour frying chicken.

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