A two-time Tremendous Bowl champion cornerback could have simply hit the marketplace for the Jets and Giants.
Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, who was benched for unknown causes in Tremendous Bowl LII, posted a press release on Twitter suggesting he is not going to be returning to the Patriots subsequent season.
“I need to thank Mr. Kraft, the Kraft household, and my coaches for giving me the chance to play for some of the profitable organizations in sports activities,” he stated. “I additionally thank my teammates, as we have now gained lots of video games collectively and all I do know is profitable! I’ve at all times revered everybody on the New England Patriots group from Custodians, workers and Coach Belichick.
“In every of my 4 years we have now achieved a Convention Championships or Tremendous Bowl victories since I arrived in New England. All of this could not be attainable with out thanking a number of the greatest followers on the earth.”
Butler, 27, is an unrestricted free agent and was the hero of Tremendous Bowl XLIX for his goal-line interception towards the Seahawks to seal a 28-24 victory.
For the Jets, a lot of it should rely upon whether or not they re-sign Morris Claiborne and the way they really feel about different free agent corners.
Butler is an efficient cornerback, however had some lulls in 2017 probably as a result of unhappiness over the one-year, $three.9 million contract he was taking part in underneath. Nonetheless, the Jets will want a nook and he will probably be value inquiring about.
As for the Giants, they’ve large cash tied into defensive gamers Damon Harrison, Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Jason Pierre-Paul, and can possible have to provide Landon Collins a giant contract within the close to future.
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That would restrict what they might need to spend on a nook like Butler. In addition they have extra of a urgent have to fill at linebacker.
Nonetheless, there’s some uncertainty surrounding Eli Apple and his future with the Giants, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will probably be 32 within the remaining 12 months of his contract subsequent season.
If the Giants resolve to half methods with both one, all of a sudden Butler turns into an fascinating title value checking on.
Groups pursuing Butler can also need to know why he was benched within the Tremendous Bowl, which nonetheless appears to be a thriller.
There have been some studies on Monday that it was due to marijuana and a curfew violation, however Butler denied that he did something flawed throughout Tremendous Bowl week.
“Throughout my 4 12 months profession with the Patriots I’ve at all times given it every little thing I’ve to play at a excessive stage, and would by no means do something to harm my groups’ possibilities of profitable a recreation, together with this 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl the place I visited with my household each night time,” he stated. “Throughout Tremendous Bowl week I by no means attended any live performance, missed curfew, or participated any of the ridiculous actions being reported. They don’t seem to be solely false; however hurtful to me and my household. Though I want I might have contributed extra to assist my workforce win, I’ve to prepare for the subsequent alternative. Shifting ahead I’ll do what I’ve at all times carried out to work onerous, and put together for subsequent season to be the most effective I will be on and off the sector.”
Butler’s assertion, which was shared on Twitter and Instagram, was preferred by quarterback Tom Brady, who additionally commented on it exhibiting his assist for his teammate.
“Love you Malcolm,” Brady wrote. “You’re an unbelievable teammate and buddy. At all times!!!!”
A number of former Patriots have additionally criticized Belichick for his choice to bench Butler, because the New England protection allowed 538 yards of complete offense within the 41-33 loss to the Eagles.