Report: Titans sign Malcolm Butler

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Titans and former Patriots CB Malcolm Butler agreed to five-year, $61 million deal with $30 million plus guaranteed.

Butler, who spent four seasons with the Patriots, did not play in Super Bowl 52 after being benched for an unknown reason.

Patriots fans will forever remember Butler for his game-clinching interception against the Seahawks in Super Bowl 49.

The deal cannot be finalized until Wednesday at 4 PM ET when the free agent signing period begins.

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HOF Willie Roaf believes Malcolm Butler could have made a difference in SB52(Audio)

Over the past week, there has been so much speculation about what happened with Patriots CB Malcolm Butler. Was he late to meetings? Did he break curfew? Was he hanging out late at a Rick Ross concert? Who knows, but one thing for sure is Butler did not play a meaningful role in Super Bowl 52.

Butler, who was a Pro-Bowl corner in 2016, played one snap in Super Bowl 52 on special teams.

Here is what Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said on Monday about Butler:

“I respect Malcolm’s competitiveness. I’m sure that he felt like he could’ve helped. I’m sure other players felt the same way. In the end, we have to make decisions that are best for the football team.”

Hall of Famer Willie Roaf was very perplexed by the whole situation:

“Don’t understand the whole situation with Malcolm Butler,” Roaf told the Go4it podcast. “If the kid did something before the game, I would have thought you would have sat him and not even played him. It’s sad to see that kid, who played 98% of the snaps, and he dresses. Now, going into a contract year and they don’t want to pay him. What kind of nerve do you have to sit your starting corner, who has been All-Pro(2nd team All-Pro in 2016) and made the Pro Bowl, and you sit him. And he finds out about it right during the National Anthem.

“That takes a lot of guts. I don’t understand a coach that could sit a Pro-Bowl corner that’s been starting for you all year in a Super Bowl, so I really don’t understand that.”

Patriots CB Eric Rowe took Butler’s place in the lineup, and Roaf believes that move could have cost the Patriots:

I think it would have made a difference. The first touchdown they threw was on him,” Roaf said.  ‘You can’t tell that kid(Rowe) that’s putting him in a bad situation. You’re basically telling him you’re going to play the whole game unless they told him prior(to the game).

“I would think they would have told him prior. They didn’t tell Malcolm,  but they told him (Rowe), so he would be mentally prepared to play the whole game, but you would put that kid in a tough spot when you bench a Pro-Bowl cornerback.”

Rowe said after the game that he found out he was starting shortly before kickoff.

The Eagles had no problem moving the ball up and down the field on the Patriots. Philly had 538 total yards of offense in Super Bowl 52.

Throughout the season, the Patriots have given up a bunch of yards(366 per game), but they kept teams out of the end zone(18.5 points allowed per game). That did not happen in Super Bowl 52 as the Eagles scored 41 points.

Would Malcolm Butler have made a difference? Maybe, but one will never know!

Listen below at 46:21 as Roaf talks Malcolm Butler:

 

Ex-Pats CB Browner on NE SB loss: ‘They deserve that for not playing Malcolm’

What happened to New England Patriots CB Malcolm Butler is $100,000 question.

Butler, who was the starter all season long for the Patriots, was told before the game that he was not going to play any defensive snaps in Super Bowl 52.

After the game, Butler told ESPN the following: “It was a coach’s decision. … I don’t know what it was,” Butler said. “I guess I wasn’t playing good. They didn’t feel comfortable. I could have changed that game, though.”

Former Patriots CB Brandon Browner had a huge issue with Bill Belichick’s decision to bench Butler.

Browner had this to say on a video he shared on Instagram:

“Man, Bill wasn’t right at all tonight. I didn’t know how to feel watching that [expletive] without my homie playing, without Malcolm playing.

“That dude done started every game for that team, you feel me, since he picked the [expletive] ball off, and he was taking their number one dude, at that,” Browner said. “That(expletive) was on some power trip(expletive). Like to prove a point. You play every game of the season but the Super Bowl. You feel me? I can’t rock with that. That was a [expletive] call. That was a [expletive] decision. That was a power trip. You divide the locker room when you do that.”

“They deserve that [loss] for not playing Malcolm.”

Not saying having Butler on the field would have changed anything, but it could not have been any worse. Nick Foles carved up that Patriots secondary.

I guess we will find out what happened in due time.