Matt Patricia's Lions interested in CB Malcolm Butler

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Matt Patricia's Lions interested in CB Malcolm Butler

The defensive-minded coach coordinated in New England from 2012-17.

The hero of Super Bowl XLIX with a game-saving interception, Butler spent in New England four memorable years that included notable highs and lows.

Perhaps we'll get closer to hearing the truth, now that Butler has landed with a new team.

Butler will join Logan Ryan and Adoree' Jackson as the top cornerbacks on the Titans roster, signaling three big investments made by Robinson at the all-important position over the past two offseasons.

The free agent cornerback intends to sign with the Tennessee Titans on a five-year, $61 million contract with more than $30 million guaranteed, per NFL Network and first reported by ESPN. That's a massive pay raise for the 27-year-old, who played the 2017 season on a one-year, $3.91 million tender and made $600,000 or less in each of his first three National Football League seasons.

It was just over a month ago that Butler didn't play a single snap for Patricia's Patriots defense in Super Bowl LII, a curious move that no has really explained following New England's 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite the Lions appearing to be in the finals of the Butler sweepstakes, the rising cornerback is signing with the Titans instead. Despite Butler's benching, he's a bona fide starter, and now he has the contract to prove it.

The 28-year-old Butler was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.

Butler's Patriots career ended on a unusual, disappointing note as Bill Belichick benched him for all defensive snaps in Super Bowl LII.

Butler's departure leaves the Patriots with a need at cornerback this offseason.

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