Free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler, who played with the New England Patriots from 2014-17, may not stay on the free agency market long.
According to Michael Giardi of NBC Sports Boston, Butler’s former defensive coordinator and new Detroit Lions head coach, Matt Patricia, has his eye on the young corner.
Guess who's interested in Malcolm Butler? Matt Patricia's Detroit Lions. Quite interested from what I'm told.
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) March 12, 2018
Of course Patricia would consider bringing Butler on board after having worked with him four years. The defensive-minded coach coordinated in New England from 2012-17. What better way to upgrade your new team than add a defensive back you know well and was coached in Bill Belichick’s system?
Butler would be a boost to a Lions’ passing defense that ranked 27th in the league in 2017, giving up 243.25 yards through the air on average per game.
Throughout his tenure in New England, Butler tallied 209 combined tackles, 50 defended passes, eight interceptions and two sacks. He is considered one the best free agent corners on the market.