Patriots

Patriots

Amid trade speculation and contract chatter, Malcolm Butler sounds awfully relaxed.

"I'm just going with the flow. I can’t tell the future. I’m just a CB. I'm not a GM,” Butler told ESPN's Josina Anderson Thursday.

The New England Patriots placed a first-round tender on the 27-year-old cornerback before signing Stephon Gilmore to a five-year deal worth $65 million with $40 million guaranteed. Butler's tender would yield him a salary of roughly $3.9 million for the 2017 season, but he's hoping to sign a long-term deal. After the Patriots added Gilmore, New England reportedly considered trading Butler to the New Orleans Saints for receiver Brandin Cooks.

Butler had engaged in contract discussions with the Patriots in 2016, but they were brief, according to CSNNE's Mike Giardi. The Ringer's Mike Lombardi wrote Thursday Butler was asking "for the moon" in contract negotiations. But Butler's agent Derek Simpson spoke out against those accusations.

“The Patriots haven’t approached Malcolm about his contract since last year, and anything that says he keeps asking for the moon is completely false,” Simpson told ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Butler has yet to sign his tender -- he can't get traded until that gets signed. To some degree, the ball is in Butler's court.