Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Malcolm Butler reportedly getting massive contract from Titans

Malcolm Butler reportedly getting massive contract from Titans

The two-time champion and hero of Super Bowl XLIX was controversially benched by Bill Belichick in Super Bowl LII in a decision that split the locker room and all but guaranteed that Butler will play elsewhere in 2018.

Malcolm Butler is officially moving on from the Patriots.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Butler will be signing with the Titans and will be getting a five-year deal worth more than $61 million with more than $30 million guaranteed.

Butler has forced four fumbles, picked off seven passes and defensed 44 of them over the last three seasons, while playing in all 48 games.

After a few hours of Tennessee Titans fans beginning to lose their collective minds and doubting the front office, GM Jon Robinson made his first move of the offseason.

Malcolm Butler, as expected, will not play with the Patriots next season after agreeing to join the Tennessee Titans. 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.

Butler is most famous for his interception at the goal line in Super Bowl 49 to seal the victory for the Patriots over the Seahawks.

Butler 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. Despite Butler's benching, he's a bona fide starter, and now he has the contract to prove it. The New Orleans Saints hosted Butler on a visit but never signed him to an offer sheet.

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