He would agree on a two-year deal with the team worth up to $9 million to return to the Patriots.
Former Patriots’ CB Malcolm Butler is returning to New England on a two-year deal worth up to $9 million, per his agent @dsimpsonlaw.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 23, 2022
Butler was the star of Super Bowl 49 when he intercepted Russell Wilson‘s pass on the goal line.
MALCOLM BUTLER IS A PATRIOT. pic.twitter.com/wppurGz6eD
— Savage (@BOSTONSPORTSB) March 23, 2022
The interception ended a drive by Wilson that would have put the Seahawks in the lead with under 30 seconds remaining.
He is also a beloved player by Patriots fans as one of the best corners to play for the franchise.
He now has a chance to leave off right where he started with the Patriots.
Butler Pulls A Tom Brady And Comes Out Of Retirement
The 2021 season would see Butler retiring from the NFL for a personal situation in his life.
Reports never disclosed what the situation was, and Butler never said what it was either.
But regardless, Butler is now back with the team he made a name with during his career.
While he made a name in New England, he had his best stats while playing for the Tennessee Titans.
In three years with the Titans, he had nine interceptions with two returned for touchdowns.
Those stats are better than his eight interceptions during his four years with New England.
The Patriots are looking for Butler to perform as he did with his last season in the NFL.
A Needed Addition To The Patriots Secondary
The return of Butler is excellent news for both Patriots fans and the team’s secondary.
New England needs corners, and Butler is a great person to fill that need for the Patriots.
The team lost corner J.C. Jackson to free agency this season, which is why they went and got Butler out of retirement.
Butler will fill the hole left by the Jackson free agency loss.
He will be the outside cornerback for the team, as he was in his last years with the Patriots.
He also brings experience to a relatively young secondary unit.
That makes the movie all the better for a team that ranked in the top five in pass defense.
Butler Now Has A Second Chance With Patriots To Show How Much He Has Improved
While he was one of the best outside corners for the Patriots, he has improved while away from the team.
His last NFL season saw him record 100 tackles and four interceptions.
So if he doesn’t intercept or bat a pass away, he makes sure that he stops the receiver from gaining yards after the catch.
That makes him a threat to teams that rely on their receivers to get those yards after the catch.
Butler has been staying in shape and is ready to prove that he is one of the best corners in the NFL.
Here’s the thing: Malcolm Butler wasn’t just sitting on his a$$ for the season he wasn’t playing. He was working out and maintaining staying in shape. Butler is motivated to be one of the best corners in the league and has a chance to prove it where it all started. #Patriots
— Justin Ramos (@NEPinsider) March 23, 2022
It will be a challenge for him as he hasn’t played a game since August 21, 2021.
But he is up for that challenge, as he will look to have his best season back with the Patriots.