As expected, Malcolm Butler is on his way out of New England. The Titans declined to comment because free agency does not begin until Wednesday afternoon.
Butler's durability was impressive in his time with the Patriots, as he played 98.8 percent of the defensive snaps in 2015, followed by 96.7 and 97.8 the next two seasons. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport later advised that the deal is for five years and over $61 million, with more than $30 million guaranteed. Butler played out the season on his restricted tender of $3.9 million. And according to Mike Giardi of NBC Sports Boston, he's "quite interested" in bringing in Butler, who is a free agent after a tumultuous year in New England. Butler started 48 of his 59 games and has eight career interceptions.
Butler returned to the Patriots in 2017 and had a self-described up-and-down season that culminated with Belichick's shocking decision not to play him on defense in Super Bowl LII.More news: '60 Minutes' Grills Betsy DeVos About Michigan's Public School Results
As for the Patriots, they'll move on without one of their best cornerbacks. The defensive-minded coach coordinated in New England from 2012-17.
Butler's Patriots career ended on a odd, disappointing note as Bill Belichick benched him for all defensive snaps in Super Bowl LII. Butler later denied any off-field misconduct, saying he never missed a curfew or do anything to hurt the Patriots' chances. Before the tampering window opened, Florio reported that Lewis was in the market for a three-year deal in the neighborhood of $18 million. Ryan wrote on Twitter earlier Tuesday that he was trying to recruit Butler to Tennessee.
Lewis led the Pats with 896 rushing yards on 180 carries (5.0 average) and six touchdowns in the 2017 regular season. General manager Jon Robinson got his start in the National Football League as a scout with the Patriots.