The Patriots placed a first-round tender on Malcolm Butler today, per sources. It’s worth $3.91M.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) March 7, 2017
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Malcolm Butler is finally getting his pay day, whether it’s with the Patriots or some other team remains to be seen. To summarize: Malcolm Butler is currently a restricted free agent, and the Patriots placed a first round tender valued at $3.91 million for the 2017 season. What this ultimately means is that the Patriots and Butler’s camp can still work out a long term extension in the off season. Any team at the same time can sign Butler to an offer sheet and the Pats have the right to match any offer and retain him under that contract. If the Pats choose not to match the team that signs Butler will have to surrender a first round pick.
This has become an interesting story to start NFL free agency, it is well known that the Patriots have all the leverage in this situation and it doesn’t come to a shock that the first round tender will be placed on him. If the Pats and Butler don’t come to an agreement on an extension and no other team signs him to an offer sheet, Butler will make just under $4 million for 2017. The question is Patriots fans be worried about possibility of losing their best corner back? I myself would not be too concerned, the patriots have all the right cards to deal in this situation. Butler right now could make top corner money if he was able to hit the open market, but I just don’t see some team willing to over pay for this guy and fork over a first round pick in the process.
The Patriots on the other hand will most likely get Butler on the cheap either way in 2017. There’s no way he will get top 5 corner money like he deserves. I think both sides will come to agreement on a team friendly deal this upcoming offseason. As people are well aware Butler was an undrafted free agent that has played his first 3 NFL seasons making the league minimum at $600,000 per year. Both sides have mutual respect for each other, and Butler has vastly developed as one the league top corners the past 2 seasons after his late game heroics in Super Bowl 49, he will get his pay day as expected and deserves. The Patriots should make Butler one their top priorities to lockup for the long term, and they have all the leverage to make this work under their own terms. Patriots fans should breathe, we should have faith in Belichick and ownership to get this guy locked up. I really can’t see your top 2 corners being Eric Rowe and Cyrus Jones in 2017 and beyond.