Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
National | By Mildred Castro

Malcolm Butler will skip Patriots' voluntary workouts

Malcolm Butler will skip Patriots' voluntary workouts

Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler signed his restricted free agent tender today to take the next logical step in the layered process of finding his home for the 2017 season. New Orleans did not extend an offer sheet, but could be interested in acquiring Butler via trade.

Reports emerged on Tuesday saying that Butler signed his tender, which is worth $3.91 million for 2017.

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Butler signed his restricted free agent tender from the Patriots Tuesday, according to the National Football League transaction wire.

The Patriots now hold no first or second-round selections in the upcoming draft, but the Saints have shown interest in Butler, brining him in for a visit earlier in free agency. Saints head coach Sean Payton confirmed as much during the annual league meetings in March by saying, "I don't think we're going to do that and give up the 11th pick".

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Butler earned his first Pro Bowl invitation following the 2015 season. But Butler wasn't signed to an offer sheet, which the Patriots could've matched to keep him; or if they chose not to, they would've received a draft pick in compensation. There's also a decent chance they make a trade before the draft in hopes of getting back into Day 1.

This is important because it's an intentional way that the Patriots have built their team in free agency. However, the Patriots will not be able to pull off a deal unless Butler is officially under contract.

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The Pats now do not pick until the top of the third round (No. 72 overall). The Patriots first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft doesn't come until the third round with the 72nd overall pick.

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