Patriots sign Super Bowl hero Butler, may trade him

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That's not a big surprise: Just because Butler signed his one-year restricted free agent tender, that doesn't mean he's happy.

Malcolm Butler's future with the New England Patriots remains uncertain, but the Pro Bowl cornerback now is officially under contract.

Butler couldn't be traded until he signed his tender, with interest in him likely to diminish after the National Football League draft, which takes place on April 27-29.

Patriots CB Malcolm Butler has signed his restricted free agent tender.

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The tender was at the first-round level and carries a salary of $3.91 million for the 2017 season, according to ESPN.

Butler visited the New Orleans Saints last month, but they declined to sign him to an offer sheet that could have required them to compensate New England with their first-round draft pick, No. 11 overall.

On whether Garoppolo is "not for sale": "I'd say to answer your question, anything that we do, we're always going to do what we think is in the best interest of our football team and that's how we approach it". He has six interceptions and 36 passes defensed. His most memorable play came in the Super Bowl two seasons ago when he intercepted Russell Wilson at the goal line in the Patriots victory. In mid-March, it became apparent that even heroes like Butler who have made a tangible impact on New England's dynasty status can fall victim to the Patriot Way.

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