According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler has signed his one-year tender with the team that is worth $3.91 million for the 2017 season. Now that Butler has signed his one-year tender with the Patriots, the possibility of him being traded shortly is highly possible.
With that being said, the New Orleans Saints need to roll the dice and trade for the All-Pro corner out of West Alabama. If the Saints do trade for Butler, they will most likely give up their 32nd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft back to the Patriots in return for the services of Butler. To go along with that, Malcolm would also get the big payday that he had always wanted from the Patriots.
There have been mixed opinions among Saints fans in regards to how they should address this situation. Some individuals do not want the Saints to give up the 32nd pick in the draft in return for the services of Butler. However, I must say that this guy would be a significant upgrade over any cornerback that the team has right now, Delvin Breaux included.
The Saints had not had an impact player at the cornerback position since the days of when Jabari Greer wore the Black and Gold. Possible trade for Malcolm Butler along with a successful draft class in 2017 could put the Saints back in the conversion of being a playoff team in the NFC.
The Saints are in a “win it now” mode because this could be the last time we see Drew Brees in a Saints uniform once the 2017 season ends. He could sign with a team like the Houston Texans to get a shot at winning another Super Bowl Title. The time for Sean Payton and the Saints front office to take some calculated risk is now.
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