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Malcolm Butler: Patriots Never Gave Reason For Benching

17 March 2018

The answer is the same as it has always been: Bill Belichick and his staff are in the process of building a team they hope will compete for a Super Bowl championship in 2018, and in doing so, there are always some tough decisions. After a slow start, he ended up playing 98 percent of New England's defensive snaps and finished the season with two interceptions. Derek Simpson told The Associated Press that Butler will sign the deal, which includes more than $30 million guaranteed, once free agency begins.

The team made the official announcement Thursday afternoon.

"I just talked to him in the cafeteria, and he was talking some things I wanted to hear", Butler said of Pees, with a smile. It is the opposite of where things stood at this point previous year when Belichick was "loading up" with an aggressive free-agent approach to take advantage of the final stretch of Tom Brady's career, sparking media-based chatter of an undefeated season.

Malcolm Butler won't be following former New England coordinator Matt Patricia to Detroit, but he is staying in the Patriots' extended family. Looking back, Butler said he doesn't question coach Bill Belichick's decision, while saying he's grateful for the opportunity the Patriots gave him.

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"I never got a reason", Butler told Howe.

Signed as an afterthought undrafted free agent, Butler stole the Super Bowl XLIX spotlight after saving the victory with an end-zone interception as a last-second substitution. But I can say he won more than he lost, so it is what is.

"I think it will be a huge challenge for defenses because you've got a guy a lot bigger than me, and then a guy like me that is quick and can break tackles, too", said Lewis, who ran for a career-best 896 yards last season. Belichick & Co. don't always make the right ones - they had some real head-scratchers in 2017 - but the overall 18-year track record is darn good.

"It's just using my quickness, using my smarts", Lewis said. He'll also be reunited with former teammate Logan Ryan as well as Malcolm Butler, who also agreed to a deal with the Titans on Tuesday. You can't change the past. "I'm real aggressive, and I can't wait to get out there".

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Of course, Butler landed comfortably with the Titans.

Butler also spoke about the persistent rumblings of questionable off-field behavior or issues behind the scenes.

With three solid cornerbacks, there are little ways the Texans can move Fuller and Hopkins around to try to get a mismatch. For all we know Butler committed a serious violation that the Patriots are keeping a secret to protect him.

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Malcolm Butler: Patriots Never Gave Reason For Benching