Malcolm Butler agrees to deal with Titans, agent says

Posted March 15, 2018

The Tennessee Titans are doing their best to recreate the Patriot Way in Music City. New England is also mulling over bringing him back. Robinson signed cornerback Logan Ryan as a free agent past year. A former Patriots executive in Jon Robinson runs the Titans front office, and he hired former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel to be his coach this year.

It looks like there's going to be a Patriots reunion in Tennessee.

The NFL Network's Ian Rapaport adds that Butler's deal is for five years and $61 million, $30 million of which is guaranteed.

Lewis won't officially sign until the 2018 league year opens Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the pact. Other teams, such as the Detroit Lions, also were hot on Butler's trail in free agency. He played the entire 2017 season on a $3.91 million contract and joins a group of young and talented defensive backs in Tennessee.

Butler, 28, started every game in 2015 and 2016, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 2015, though his future with the team was uncertain after the 2016 season, when he was a restricted free agent.

It's worth noting that his new contract numbers will mirror those that the Saints were willing to shell out, per Rapoport, had they reached a trade agreement with the Patriots last summer. Amendola and Edelman played together for five years with the Patriots.

Butler was benched for all of Super Bowl LII this past season despite starting 15 regular-season games and both previous playoff games. Butler later denied any off-field misconduct, saying he never missed a curfew or would do anything to hurt the Patriots' chances.

The person said the deal for the former Patriots starter carries a maximum value of $23.4 million.

The Tennessee Titans have apparently chose to jump into the free agent arms race with the Jacksonville Jaguars.