Honestly, what the hell else was he supposed to do?
Butler is a restricted free agent, meaning that the Patriots can match any offer for him. "I was hoping he would be out of Tennessee a couple years ago just to experience something different", the Patriots safety said Friday at Boston University's Play it Forward summit, per the Boston Herald. Instead, the Saints are believed to covet Butler in exchange for the No. 32 overall pick they received in the trade that sent Brandin Cooks to New England.
Under the tender, Butler will make $3.91 million and will be scheduled to reach free agency next offseason. Cyrus Jones had a really poor rookie season a year ago, and he is a big question mark coming into the 2017 season. Had signing Butler been part of the initial Brandin Cooks deal, it would have made flawless sense.
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Griffen's order was issued the same day he was reported to be among those demonstrating at a vigil related to the executions. The state Attorney General's Office said it would seek to have Griffen's order overturn in the state Supreme Court.
Robison agreed to restructure his contract last month, giving him two more years before retiring following his 12th National Football League season, all with Minnesota.
With the addition of versatile Rex Burkhead and the potential signing of power/speed prospect Mike Gillislee, the Patriots backfield will feature a panoply of skill sets to suit each game situation depending on score and down-and-distance. But it doesn't preclude the Patriots from keeping him in 2017, either. They also traded a sixth-round draft pick to Indianapolis for tight end Dwayne Allen and a second-rounder to Carolina for pass rusher Kony Early.
As for Garoppolo, the Browns have made an admirable effort in the hope of acquiring Tom Brady's backup, though their offers haven't enticed the Patriots to accept a trade that would involve at least one first-round pick.
After what he did on the biggest stage, he will have every opportunity to keep moving forward.