Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Malcolm Butler: I never got a reason for SB LII benching

Malcolm Butler: I never got a reason for SB LII benching

Butler has eight interceptions and four forced fumbles in 59 career regular-season games (48 starts) since making the Patriots as an undrafted free agent from West Alabama in 2014. He played only one snap - on special teams - in New England's 41-33 loss to Philadelphia. On Wednesday, after signing a monster contract with the Titans in free agency, Butler tried to explain Belichick's decision during a conversation with the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.

Butler found himself on the outs in New England following an offseason in which the two parties could not agree on a contract extension. But teams could negotiate with players and their agents starting at noon Monday.

Malcolm Butler is signing with the Titans.

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As for the Tennessee Titans, it's a deal few expected Butler to get after a rough season in New England.

A source told ESPN that they agreed to a four-year, $26 million deal with $12 million guaranteed.

Despite the piss poor ending Butler claims he doesn't have any hard feelings towards the Patriots organization or even HC Bill Belichick who made the idiotic decision to bench his top corner in a Super Bowl. It didn't work out the best for me or him or the New England Patriots. Butler later denied any off-field misconduct, saying he never missed a curfew or would do anything to hurt the Patriots' chances.

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The combination of Ryan, Vrabel, and Robinson will add a familiarity for Butler while heading to the team.

The Titans ranked 13th in total defense and improved slightly against the pass, giving up 239.3 yards through the air to move from 30th in 2016 to 25th overall.

A native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Butler has compiled 173 tackles and 8 interceptions over 4 National Football League seasons, all with the Patriots.

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The 5-foot-8, six-year Lewis is a shifty back that can catch the ball out of the backfield.

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