Malcolm Butler Trade Still Possible

A Malcolm Butler trade is “unlikely … but not impossible,” according to Adam Schefter of (Twitter link via Zack Cox of NESN). With just hours to go before the draft, the Saints and Patriots will have to act fast to get something done. Malcolm Butler (vertical)

The Saints and Butler have reportedly agreed to terms on a potential contract, but the Saints and Patriots have been far apart on trade compensation. The Saints could have signed Butler to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent, but an unmatched sheet would have forced them to part with the No. 11 overall pick. Some believed that the two sides would ultimately compromise on a trade sending the Patriots’ No. 32 pick back to New England, but that has not materialized thus far. The Patriots, reportedly, are not interested in acquiring 2018 draft compensation for Butler, so time is ticking for a trade to go down.

As it stands, Butler is set to play out the 2017 season on his $3.91MM one-year tender.

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  1. Connorsoxfan

    I think the hang up is NE wants 32 and 42 and NO wants to give just 32 or 42 and something later.

  2. libbo

    Stop. Butler/Gilmore/McCourty with the better of Rowe/Jones on the nickel slot, Chung on the TE/RB and Huard in the dime package. That is the BACKFIELD. Stop acting like Yahoo!’s for chrissakes, you’re Patriot fans. Act like you have a clue. We face Winston/Evans; Ryan/Jones; Cam/Benjamin; Rivers/Allen; Carr/Cooper just to name a few of the elite QB/WR COMBOS THIS YEAR. We need Butler to lock down one side and Gilmour (a la Ryan only 10xbetter) to take on the taller receivers w/McCourty helping over the top, or doing crazy Bill stuff and taking the slot receiver man up with Huard playing deep safety. Stop acting like a yahoo. I sat through 30 years of horror under the Sullivan ownership. Mr Kraft learned his lesson early and sits back and let’s his football people (i.e.:Bill) do their jobs. Malcolm can pout all he wants til it dawns on him that his next paycheck, at age 28, will be the biggest one he gets and he won’t break the bank pouting so expect a big year from him. Gilmore is tall and can tackle, 2 must have traits for this upcoming season. Now as long as one of the two TEs stay healthy for 16 games the Pats should have no problems until they see the Raiders in the afc championship and that includes the possibility the Brady could get hurt at age 40. We are too effin loaded so it was better to keep Garropollo as insurance bc we still have a shot at the Super Bowl even if Brady goes down. No shut up, stop talking like a Jaguar fan and go read Karen Guerigan to get a little insight as to just how powerfully stacked Bill has crafted this year’s team which is already lights out better than anything we’ve seen since probably the 07 squad. Brandin Cooks running the deep routes? Are you kidding me. Chris Hogan looked like a super star doing that last year AND Cooks really is a superstar. Who do you cover! Julian in the slot? Allen over the middle? White/Lewis out of the backfield? Cooks all over the field? I hope you figure out how to defend that bc you forgot about Grink who no one can cover or screw it maybe we’ll just run smashmouth at you with Gillisee and Burkhead. Draft? Who needs a friggin draft when Bill is ON FIRE.

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