New England has placed a first round tender on Butler and would be due a first round pick if another team signs him to an offer sheet and the Patriots decline to match.
The Saints would likely target a linebacker with the No. 32 pick should they sign Butler.
Sports is reporting that the Houston Texans are interested in trading for New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. Nobody needs to go all Norma Rae on Butler's behalf. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder can not be traded to another team until it is. With the weapons New England has, teams won't be able to double Cooks as much as he was in New Orleans, so there is a very good chance Cooks could have his best season to date in 2017.
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They think the Patriots have been jerking them around and playing hardball because they won't pay Butler like an unrestricted free agent?
The Patriots remain favored to win Super Bowl LII following their blockbuster trade with the Saints for receiver Brandin Cooks.
As Mike Florio notes, Bill Belichick is a stickler for following contractual and CBA rules when it comes to trades and contracts, so the letter of the law will be followed.
With two first round picks in their pockets, the Saints have a couple of different options. Butler would join the Saints in this scenario.
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"Obviously, to play for an organization like this, it's a dream come true and it's blessing", Cooks told "Patriots Today."
That was followed on Friday by a trade on the defensive side, which sent this year's second-round pick to Carolina for edge rusher Kony Ealy and a third-round pick. Cooks got a first-hand look at what the Patriots had to offer during those joint sessions, and feels that brief glimpse made him a better player. However, if New England releases his rights to sign with the Saints, the Patriots would receive New Orleans' No. 11 overall pick this year. He now replaces Jabaal Sheard, who signed a free-agent deal with the Colts, and adds yet another vibrant element to an already terrific defense.
"Gilmore, at 6'1", is regarded as a more physically-capable cornerback, thus making it obvious that Butler's time in New England was coming to an end in the near future.
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