New England Patriots

Jun 8, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (4) during the New England Patriots minicamp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

  • Malcolm Butler’s season appeared to be over when the Patriots’ placed him on season-ending IR last week with an undisclosed injury. Now, his time with the team is over.

    According to multiple reports, the Patriots reached an injury settlement with Butler on Thursday. That move facilitates his release, making him a free agent once again.


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  • Butler came out of retirement to sign a two-year deal with the Patriots back in March. The 32-year-old was expected to compete for a rotational cornerback role.

    This was his second stint with the Patriots. He first signed with them as a UDFA in 2014 and spent four seasons in New England, including an All-Pro year in 2017, but time with the Patriots is probably best known for his game-sealing interception at the end of Super Bowl XLIX.

    Because Butler was released with an injury settlement and not outright, the cap implications of the move are unclear according to salary cap expert Miguel Benzan (Patscap). Butler’s original deal carried a $2.2 million dollar cap hit in 2022, with $500,000 as dead cap.

  • Malcolm Butler career stats

     
    Game Def Def Fumb Fumb Tack Tack Tack Tack Tack
    Year Age Tm No. G Int PD FF FR Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL QBHits Awards
    2014 24 NWE 21 11 0 3 0.0 15 14 1 0 0
    2015* 25 NWE 21 16 2 15 0.0 67 56 11 1 0 PB
    2016 26 NWE 21 16 4 17 1 2 1.0 63 48 15 1 1 AP2
    2017 27 NWE 21 16 2 12 3 0 1.0 60 55 5 1 2
    2018 28 TEN 21 16 3 12 1 0 1.0 69 60 9 4 1
    2019 29 TEN 21 9 2 9 0.0 32 25 7 1 0
    2020 30 TEN 21 16 4 14 0.0 100 86 14 1 0
    Career 100 17 82 5 2 3.0 406 344 62 9 4
    4 yr 4 yr NWE 59 8 47 4 2 2.0 205 173 32 3 3
    3 yr 3 yr TEN 41 9 35 1 0 1.0 201 171 30 6 1
    Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 8/25/2022.
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