Patriots sign Super Bowl hero Butler, may trade him

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Butler has signed his restricted free agent tender with the Patriots. Butler was reportedly frustrated with the Patriots after they signed corner Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million deal on the first day of National Football League free agency, which prompted his agent to find potential suitors on the trade market. Barring an extension, or trade and subsequent extension, Butler is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2017 season. In fact, I know we're not going to do that.

While Butler currently is under contract with New England, the team now has the option of dealing the Super Bowl XLIX hero. Butler was hoping for the Saints to hand him an offer sheet, but it never came, as New Orleans is rumored to be planning to acquire him via a trade.

While the Patriots and Bill Belichick aren't exactly prone to making splashes, one could be just what this franchise needs to stay on top in 2017. The one time over the past three years the final pick of round one wasn't traded, it was held by the Patriots.

As of yesterday, Malcolm Butler is back under contract with the Patriots.

New England is said to be keen on trading Butler before he hits unrestricted free agency at the end of next season.

The Patriots don't have a 2017 draft pick until early in the third round (No. 72 overall).

With the draft a little more than a week away and the Patriots without a pick in the first and second round, expect a deal soon.

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