Titans agree to $61 million deal with Malcolm Butler

Titans agree to $61 million deal with Malcolm Butler

For the second year in a row, the Tennessee Titans have raided the New England Patriots in free agency to find a starting cornerback.
The Titans agreed to a five-year, $61 million deal with Patriots free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler,a source confirmed to TitanInsider. The contract includes $30 million in guaranteed money for Butler.
Last season, the Titans signed Logan Ryan away from the Patriots for a three-year, $30 million contract.
Butler was the hero of Super Bowl XLIX when he picked off a Russell Wilson pass at the goal line to preserve the Patriots’ victory.
However, Butler fell out of favor in the Super Bowl this year, and for reasons never fully explained by Patriots coach Bill Belichick, was not used on defense at all in Super Bowl LII, which New England lost to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Butler provides an immediate upgrade for the Titans secondary, which had Ryan and rookie Adoree’ Jackson as starters last season. Butler’s presence likely allows new Titans head coach Mike Vrable and defensive coordinator Dean Pees to slide Ryan inside as the nickelback while Butler and Jackson man the outsides spots.
Last year, the Titans used LeShaun Sims as the third cornerback, playing on the outside with Ryan sliding inside, for most of the season until Sims suffered a hamstring injury.
Butler has eight career interceptions in five seasons with the Patriots, after signing with them as an undrafted rookie from West Alabama in 2014.

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