Butler signs RFA tender with Patriots

Butler signs RFA tender with Patriots

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler has signed his restricted free agent tender with the team. 


The signing means that the Pats could either keep the player for $3.91 million in the 2017 season or trade him to another team, with the Saints a possible destination given his restricted free agent visit with them this offseason. 

Yates notes that a trade is “still on the table.” Butler could not be traded without a contract signed, so Tuesday's development could accelarate a potential deal with another club, perhaps ahead of next week's draft. 

The Patriots traded their first-round pick (32nd overall) and a third-round pick (No. 103) earlier this offseason in a deal that landed them receiver Brandin Cooks and the 118th overall pick. New Orleans owns its own first-round pick (No. 11 overall) and therefore has no shortage of assets to ship New England's way should they choose to trade for the player. 

Butler and the Patriots have struggled to come to terms on a longterm deal in recent years. Rather than give Butler a big contract earlier than they needed to, the team signed free agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who is six months younger than the 27-year-old Butler, to a five-year, $65 million contract. 

The team also lost cornerback Logan Ryan to the Titans in free agency. 

In annoucing the signing of Butler, the Patriots also announced the signing of exclusive rights free agent Matt Lengel and the release of offensive lineman Tre' Jackson.

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.