Cornerback Malcolm Butler leaving Patriots for $61m deal with Titans

Malcolm Butler

McCourty's twin brother, Jason, also had a pretty great reaction to Butler's reported new deal.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network later tweeted the details of Butler's big-time deal with Tennessee: five years, more than $61 million, more than $30 million guaranteed.

While Lewis had his moments in the sun with New England, Butler became a full-fledged star after his Super Bowl XLIX pick. Buried in the depth charter behind Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, Butler replaced Kyle Arrington in the second half and as we all know, clinched the championship with a goal-line interception of Russell Wilson.

It's the next step on a four-year career that's included three Super Bowl appearances. Lewis is quite a story, bouncing around the National Football League since 2011 before carving out a niche in Foxboro in 2015, overcoming an ACL tear in 2016 and emerging as the Patriots' RB1 last season. While team officials met with Hyde's agent, Doug Hendrickson, at the NFL Scouting Combine, the running back will likely be free to test the open market. Instead, that went to Stephon Gilmore. He finished with 12 deflections and two interceptions. Interestingly, Butler was beaten twice for touchdowns by rookie wide receiver Corey Davis in the Patriots' divisional-round victory over the Titans.

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Likewise from the player's perspective; in this case, Lewis has already thanked the Patriots for believing in him when most other teams didn't in 2015.

Butler made his meteoric rise after going undrafted in 2014 out of West Alabama, earning a spot on New England's roster after receiving a tryout. Butler will also get his chance at revenge when the Patriots take on the Titans, in Tennessee, next season.

The cornerback was well-respected in the Patriots' locker room and played last season under a $3.9 million tender offer.

Still, the Patriots will likely try to find added depth at cornerback.

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