Typically during their now near two-decade run of dominance in the AFC East, the New England Patriots are the team stealing players from divisional foes. That could continue to an extent this offseason. But it looks like the New York Jets are interested in landing one of the most notable members of the Patriots outide of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.
According to Calvin Watkins of Newsday, the New York Jets will be in the market for cornerback Malcolm Butler once free agency opens up.
Hearing Jets will look into signing CB Malcolm Butler. With everything it’s all about the price.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) February 27, 2018
The Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX hero has already noted publicly he’s planning to move on from the team this spring. Butler, 27, fell out of favor big time in New England this past season, eventually finding himself benched altogether for Super Bowl LII. It proved to be a major on-field mistake for a Patriots team that was eaten alive by eventual game MVP Nick Foles in a loss to the Eagles.
There could very well be interest on Butler’s part, as well. Who is to say he doesn’t want to have an opportunity to stick it to the Patriots twice per season?
A Pro Bowl performer back in 2015, Butler recorded 60 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and 12 passes defended this past season. He’s considered one of the top defensive backs set to hit the open market.