Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Butler Watch: Begin The Buttling

Soon, all of our problems will be solved and all of our questions answered.
The New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, if they so choose, can officially discuss trade terms for cornerback Malcolm Butler.

Butler signed his restricted free agent tender from the Patriots Tuesday, according to the NFL transaction wire.
My favorite thing about Butler that we've learned so far is that, in the great tradition of high profile corners the Saints have acquired over the years, he's actually not very good.  
The biggest knock on Butler is that he isn't an ideal 1-on-1 matchup against some of the bigger receivers that dominate the NFC South -- such as Julio Jones and Mike Evans -- at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds. That's one of the reasons why New England decided to spend $13 million per year on bigger free agent Stephon Gilmore this offseason -- which opened the door for Butler to possibly be traded.
For those of you who were afraid you might only get to see the Saints fleeced by the Patriots one time this offseason, here is your big break. Please be ready with your number 11 pick when you get to the front of the line.  

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