NFL Trade Rumors: New England Patriots May Get Valuable Picks from New Orleans Saints for Malcolm Butler

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 04/20/17 05:55PM EDT

The New England Patriots can now trade cornerback Malcolm Butler to the New Orleans Saints after he signed his tender. This is a great opportunity for the reigning NFL champions to move up in the 2017 draft and even gather a number of future selections. 

In a report by ESPN, it was suggested that the Patriots, through a Butler trade, can get back the 2017 32nd overall pick they sent to the Saints when they traded for wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Another possibility is for them to get second and third-rounders from New Orleans in exchange for Butler. The 27-year-old is unlikely staying in New England following the addition of Stephon Gilmore.

The drama between the Patriots and Butler began when the two-time Super Bowl winner was believed to be the player that will be sent to the Saints for Cooks. This chapter ended when the Pats shipped picks to New Orleans instead of him. However, another chapter opened when Gilmore headed to Foxborough.

Gilmore came from the Buffalo Bills and the Patriots signing him reportedly angered Butler. This led to him and his side to search for a new team. Perhaps he got upset because during that time, the champs were yet to address his contract and it seemed like they were already moving on from him. 

When the trade talks began, it was the Saints who showed the greatest interest in Butler. The team is seeking for players who will improve their defense and he can certainly do that. Unfortunately, when this happened, the Patriots cannot deal him due to his unsigned tender.

The tender is no longer an issue and it can be expected for the Patriots and the Saints to continue the negotiations. If a deal takes place, Butler will end his time in New England which lasted for three seasons. 

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