The two-time champion and hero of Super Bowl XLIX was controversially benched by Bill Belichick in Super Bowl LII in a decision that split the locker room and all but guaranteed that Butler will play elsewhere in 2018.
This battle, which reportedly included the Saints, all took place after Butler sat out his final game in New England for an unspecified reason.
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Some have wondered whether the 28-year-old's down season in 2017, capped by the now infamous Super Bowl benching, would limit his market in free agency, but there still appear to be plenty of suitors. In essence, Belichick decided that safety Jordan Richards (first half) and cornerback Johnson Bademosi (second half) gave the Patriots a better chance to win as the sixth defensive back in the dime package over Butler, who had played 98 percent of the defensive snaps in the regular season.
Butler is most famous for his interception at the goal line in Super Bowl 49 to seal the victory for the Patriots over the Seahawks. Teammates nicknamed him "Strap" because of his ability to closely cover receivers and also "Scrap" for his scrappy style of play.
Former New England Patriot and Vicksburg native Malcolm Butler intends to sign with the Tennessee Titans, according to multiple reports. Butler's arrival will push Ryan into a pure slot cornerback role, which has become as important as a left tackle in today's NFL.