Tennessee Titans reportedly will sign Malcolm Butler from New England Patriots

Sheri Evans
March 15, 2018

The Titans are signing cornerback Malcolm Butler to a five-year contract worth more than $61 million, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday evening. Butler worked his way onto the depth chart in 2015 and made a crucial play in the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks, intercepting a pass at the goal line that helped the Patriots hold on to win.

According to Michael Giardi of NBC Sports Boston, Butler's former defensive coordinator and new Detroit Lions head coach, Matt Patricia, has his eye on the young corner. He had 15 passes defended and two interceptions that season, earning the only Pro Bowl nod of his career.

Butler returned to the Patriots in 2017 and had a self-described up-and-down season that culminated with Belichick's shocking decision not to play him on defense in Super Bowl LII. Butler later denied any off-field misconduct, saying he never missed a curfew or would do anything to hurt the Patriots' chances. Butler is reunited with Ryan, his former Patriots secondary running mate.

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The Tennessee Titans are making an unexpected move in free agency, but they're signing a player they know a little.

Lewis' best season came in 2017 when he started eight regular season games for the Patriots and rushed for 896 yards on 180 carries (5.0 yards per carry average) with six touchdowns. He added 32 catches for 214 yards and three receiving touchdowns, while also serving as the team's primary kickoff returner (23 returns, 570 yards, 1 touchdown).

Lewis joins a backfield already featuring Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy victor from Alabama, who had bided his time behind Murray his first two seasons.

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