Butler signs, but could be dealt

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In fact, Butler had to sign his $3.91 million tender before he could be traded. He visited with just one team, the Saints, during free agency.

The New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, if they so choose, can officially discuss trade terms for cornerback Malcolm Butler.

Saints coach Sean Payton said at the National Football League meetings last month the team plans to add two cornerbacks this offseason and showed his interest in Butler.

Also, a person with direct knowledge of the move confirmed to The Associated Press that running back Mike Gillislee has signed a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet with the Patriots.

"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", Caserio said, via The Boston Herald.

"It's ongoing, if you will. I think it was a good step". It's unclear what they'd be willing to give up for Butler, but they have seven draft picks in 2017 after receiving some when they traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Patriots last month.

In March, Michael Giardi of CSN New England reported Butler was "frustrated" by the Patriots' position and wanted to play elsewhere. Butler had four interceptions last season.

Butler, now 27, intercepted a pass from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at the goal line in the final minute of Super Bowl XLIX to secure the victory for the Patriots.

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