Stephon Gilmore on Malcolm Butler: 'I'd love to team up with him'

Stephon Gilmore on Malcolm Butler: 'I'd love to team up with him'

Once Stephon Gilmore signed a long-term contract with the Patriots at the start of the free-agency period, some saw the deal as handing a new player money that should have been Malcolm Butler's. 


Butler is a restricted free agent at the moment who has yet to sign his first-round tender worth $3.91 million. Though he's in the process of seeing if there's an offer sheet that's going to come his way from another franchise that fits his asking price, there's a chance he ends up in New England for 2017.

Might that make for an awkward scenario in the team's cornerbacks room? As far as Gilmore is concerned, the answer seems to be a resounding "no."

He was asked multiple times about Butler during an introductory conference call with locak reporters on Monday. 

"I don’t know what’s going to happen with that, but I’m looking forward to it," Gilmore said of playing with Butler. "He’s a great player. He’s made a lot of good plays in the league. So I would love to team up with him and play with him."

Should Gilmore and Butler end up in the same defensive backfield along with safeties Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon, the Patriots would easily boast one of the most talented secondaries in the NFL. 

Gilmore explained that he's watched Butler's rise from afar and respects the way he's built a name for himself after entering the league as an undrafted rookie. 

"Obviously, he came in the league undrafted, so he came in and grinded his way up to the top," Gilmore said. "And he’s made a lot of good plays in the league, so you’ve got to respect him as a player. He’s made a lot of great plays on big stages. I definitely respect him as a player.

"Playing in this league, you’ve got to have a strong mentality playing at the corner position, and I think he has that. He has that fight in him. That’s one thing that sticks out from watching him. He always comes back. If you get him, he always puts it behind him and makes plays the next play."

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.