Malcolm Butler remains in no man’s land, having still not signed his $3.91 million tender for next season, with an extension with the Patriots looking less likely by the day.
As he awaits whatever comes next — perhaps a trade to the Saints — a source close to the player told CSN's Mike Giardi that Butler’s head is “in the right place” and would be even if he returned to New England under the tender.
No matter where Malcolm Butler ends up - Foxboro, NO, parts unknown - told he is attacking his workouts & plans on "proving" his worth (1/2)— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) April 5, 2017
(2/2) Source also tells me Butler has his head in the "right place" even if he has to play under tender. Still hasn't gotten insurance tho— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) April 5, 2017
While the talk about the tender suggests the player is entertaining a return to New England, the source told Giardi that Butler is still upset that the Patriots gave a big free agent contract to Stephon Gilmore and have expressed interest in trading for Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
Actually, last one (for now). Source close to Butler says he's "not over" Gilmore deal or Sherman interest but knows he "can't change it"— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) April 5, 2017