Malcolm Butler signs with Tennessee Titans

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper dives for a touchdown against New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler in the NFL football game at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City Sunday

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That's close to the $40 million guaranteed that Stephon Gilmore received from the Patriots a year ago.

The defensive-minded coach coordinated in New England from 2012-17. Despite the Lions appearing to be in the finals of the Butler sweepstakes, the rising cornerback is signing with the Titans instead.

The Patriots were never expected to retain Butler after his up-and-down season and then being benched in Super Bowl LII.

New England Patriots free-agent cornerback Malcolm Butler is drawing significant interest from the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans, according to various reports.

Butler was released by the Patriots after a season in which he tallied 55 tackles, two interceptions and 12 passes defensed. After a second round of negotiations with the remaining teams, Butler opted for the Titans, where he will play for former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, who became the head coach in Nashville this winter. Despite Butler's benching, he's a bona fide starter, and now he has the contract to prove it.

After playing more than 95% of the snaps during the season, Butler did not play any defensive snaps during this year's Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia.

The veteran corner, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent from West Alabama, was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots and was the hero of Super Bowl XLIX for his goal-line interception of Russell Wilson to solidify a 28-24 win over the Seahawks.

While there is a lot of stability on the Patriots roster from 2017 to 2018, the few big names that could depart are impact players.

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