Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Malcolm Butler signs tender with Pats; can now be traded

Malcolm Butler signs tender with Pats; can now be traded

Early guesses at the season-opening schedule by some experts are proving true with a report from Ben Volin at the Boston Globe that the New England Patriots "will nearly certainly" open the season against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Butler has been seeking a contract worth more than the one-year, $3.91 million tender he signed, and New Orleans is among the teams that have showed interest.

With it becoming clear no team would sign Butler to an offer sheet - the deadline is April 21 - he chose to sign the contract, which now gives the Patriots an opportunity to discuss a trade with other teams. In fact, I know we're not going to do that. He was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2015 season.

As Doug Kyed of NESN noted, no offer sheet has been made, and the transaction allows the team to discuss trades. The one time over the past three years the final pick of round one wasn't traded, it was held by the Patriots. It wasn't necessarily too big of a surprise, but in no way does that mean Butler will remain with the Patriots.

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Secondly, New England exhausted a ton of capital in adding the likes of Cooks, Kony Ealy and Dwayne Allen in separate trades last month.

It looks like Jimmy Garoppolo will be playing 2017 with the Patriots.

Butler was given a first-round tender by the Patriots earlier this offseason, but the two sides could not work out a long-term extension.

In fact, the main contributors lost from last season's team (Martellus Bennett, Chris Long and Logan Ryan) were replaced by players younger or the same age (Dwayne Allen, Kony Ealy and Stephon Gilmore respectively).

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