Butler has been the center of trade talks between the Saints and Patriots, but the talented back left New Orleans in March without signing an offer sheet.
Because a player can't be traded unless he is under contract, Butler's status was in limbo until he signed the $3.91 million tender. Butler previously would not sign his tender in order to block a potential trade as he was seeking a long-term deal.
"I think our philosophy has always been that we want to put good football players on our football team, regardless of position", Caserio said. "If you do bring Malcolm Butler aboard you still expect him to play not only at a Pro Bowl level, but an All Pro level". The move ensured that New England would receive a first-round pick as compensation if Butler signed an offer sheet with another team and the Patriots chose not to match. This is an interesting development since the Patriots do not pick until No. 72.
Secondly, New England exhausted a ton of capital in adding the likes of Cooks, Kony Ealy and Dwayne Allen in separate trades last month.
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You can't answer all questions in 10 days, but like I said, it's just good to see him here. "He seems very focused, " Licht said. The whole world gets to see how great of an organization this is and see the great people that we have within the organization.
While the Patriots and Bill Belichick aren't exactly prone to making splashes, one could be just what this franchise needs to stay on top in 2017.
The Patriots also need to look at edge defender and linebacker, with Kony Ealy and Kyle Van Noy free agents after 2017 and Rob Ninkovich getting older, and at strong safety with Patrick Chung getting older, too.
Butler has played three seasons in New England.
Malcolm Butler is a Patriot again. It won't be for the 11 pick, and likely won't be for the 32 pick either, so don't expect Butler's future to be decided until the Saints are on the clock at number 42 on day two of the 2017 NFL Draft.