Malcolm Butler is off the market after choosing Titans over Lions

Malcolm Butler is off the market after choosing Titans over Lions

The New Orleans Saints, who considered trying to acquire Butler before trading wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Patriots previous year, have shown a renewed interest, per Dianna Russini of ESPN.

Butler was also part of the Patriots' Super Bowl LI 34-28 overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons. The soon-to-be free-agent cornerback intends to sign with the Tennessee Titans when contracts can become official on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

And last offseason, Butler agreed to a four-year deal with the Saints that was worth more than $50 million, but it was contingent upon a trade for the restricted free agent.

Butler was released by the Patriots after a season in which he tallied 55 tackles, two interceptions and 12 passes defensed. Butler is a well-known commodity to his new coaching and front office staffs; Mike Vrabel, a former Patriots linebacker will be his new head coach, while a former Patriots personnel staffer, Jon Robinson, is his new general manager.

Butler, who first rose to prominence when his interception sealed a victoru in Super Bowl XLIX, saw his time with the Patriots come to an obvious conclusion after the Super Bowl LII loss to the Eagles, as he was benched for reasons that have never been fully explained.

Butler would be a boost to a Lions' passing defense that ranked 27th in the league in 2017, giving up 243.25 yards through the air on average per game.

It only makes sense that such a Patriots-heavy brain trust would both aggressively pursue Butler and then succeed in landing him.

In order to secure Butler, the Titans had to splash some money.