NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo detailed Wednesday that the Patriots cornerback come back to Foxborough this week to take part in discretionary offseason exercises, per a source educated of Butler’s participation. The 27-year-old cover man skirted the first period of the group’s exercises in April while his future in New England remained in the balance amid trade whispers.
Speculation that Butler could be shipped to the Saints everything except kicked the bucket, however, after the draft. It’s a sensible destiny for the fourth-year corner. Playing this season on a one-year, $3.91 million settlement, Butler is slated to hit free office next March. Until that happens, he remains bolted into a beginning part in New England opposite skilled free-specialist pickup Stephon Gilmore.
If Butler fondled bound to twist with the Saints, New Orleans put that idea to bed when they chose new kid on the block cornerback Marshon Lattimore out of Ohio State with the No. 11 pick in a week ago’s draft.
On the Patriots, their refusal to deal Butler or reinforcement quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is simply one more update that New England – as opposed to taking its foot off the gas – is preparing for another genuine push at the Lombardi Trophy.