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Matt Patricia's Detroit Lions Reportedly Interested In Malcolm Butler

14 March, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Joan Malone
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Instead, he's poised to cash in as one of the highest-paid defensive stars signed in free agency.

An undrafted free agent in 2014, Butler made the Patriots 53-man roster out of Division II West Alabama. His strong 2017 season - in which he didn't elevate to the lead role at running back until Week 7 - put him in position to earn it. They committed $61 million ($30M guaranteed) over five years, a rather large investment considering Butler's benching at the Super Bowl and his up-and-down performance in 2017.

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Throughout his tenure in New England, Butler tallied 209 combined tackles, 50 defended passes, eight interceptions and two sacks.

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The New Orleans Saints pursued Butler as a restricted free agent previous year, but the trade price was too high.

Meanwhile, according to Pro Football Weekly, the Texans are "in on" Butler after quietly expressing interest last offseason when he was a restricted free agent. When the Patriots loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Butler was stationed on the sideline, never seeing a snap. Before the tampering window opened, Florio reported that Lewis was in the market for a three-year deal in the neighborhood of $18 million.

Despite Butler's sudden stardom, Belichick said at one point in 2015 that Butler "as much as any player that I've been around, has really not changed very much from Year 1 to Year 2".

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