Taylor McCloud — Pats Militia
Just a couple of hours ago, I wrote that the thought of dangling Malcolm Butler in front of any other organization scared me. Well, that’s exactly what the Patriots did and my fears are becoming reality.
— Brett Martel (@brettmartel) March 14, 2017
When initial talks of a Brandin Cooks trade began, most of Patriot Nation believed Butler would be involved. Obviously, he wasn’t. But, where there’s smoke there’s fire, and it’s clear that the connection between New Orleans and Butler is still there.
What isn’t clear, however, is what type of deal the Saints and Patriots could strike in order to move Butler.
At this point, everyone should have some sort of understanding of Butler’s status as a RFA. If you don’t, I’ll try to put it simply. Butler is currently being presented a $3.91M, one-year tender (first round) with the Patriots. He has yet to sign said contract because of his capabilities as a restricted free agent; Butler can field contract offers from each of the other thirty-one teams. If he agrees to a deal with another team, the Patriots have the opportunity to match said deal. If they choose not to, the new team will take Butler and give the Patriots their first round pick in return (because of the first round tender).
Now, the Saints have the eleventh pick in this year’s draft. If they sign Butler and the Patriots choose not to match, that pick will be on it’s way to New England.
Though, I don’t foresee that happening. This draft is loaded. New Orleans would be foolish to give up pick #11 for Malcolm Butler. However, it is still possible that something between the two teams will get done.
Logistically, Saints could agree to a deal with Butler, then trade with Pats. Getting him on an offer sheet would cost them the 11th pick.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 14, 2017
– Can't see the Saints giving up No. 11 for Malcolm Butler. Patriots and Saints working out a trade more likely.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) March 14, 2017
Key in that scenario is Butler/Saints agree to terms, Butler then signs tender with Patriots, and then trade can be executed.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) March 14, 2017
As multiple insiders have speculated, a trade is far more likely than New Orleans signing Butler to an offer sheet and giving up the eleventh pick.
For that to happen, Butler and the Saints would need to strike a deal. Then, Butler would need to sign the $3.91M tender with New England. From there, the two teams would work out a trade.
That’s where things get interesting because I have no idea what the Saints would be willing to move for Malcolm Butler. There’s been a lot of talk on Twitter about the Patriots getting pick #32 (dealt in Brandin Cooks trade) back and that’s about it.
But we have gotten some form of confirmation that this whole situation is beginning to play out as expected.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2017
Once more information is released regarding this situation, you can find that and multiple reactions here at PatsMilitia.
P.S. If you read my blog from this morning, you know I hate the idea of moving Butler. He’s cemented himself as a bonafide number-one corner and has proven to be a cornerstone of this Patriots’ defense. I understand that the Patriots don’t want to pay more than $3.91M for him this season, I just can’t see why. But I guess that’s why I’m a fan and not a GM…