Former Patriots corner Malcolm Butler to sign five-year deal with Titans

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According to's Ian Rapoport, Butler will sign a 5-year contract with the Titans for $61 million, $30 million of which is guaranteed. Butler will now join a Titans team that just made a playoff appearance, and they have former Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan, who signed with the team past year.

Butler started the Patriots' first two playoff games before he was mysteriously benched for the Super Bowl. Tennessee had approximately $59 million in salary cap space to spend after releasing running back DeMarco Murray and three other players last week.

New England could see further departures this offseason with Belichick letting Nate Solder test the market and with that market being relatively thin at the LT position, he will likely get paid handsomely as well.

Butler came to New England as an undrafted free agent in 2014, and after playing sparingly in the regular season, came up with the biggest play in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks.

The 28-year-old Butler was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015. Butler later denied any off-field misconduct, saying he never missed a curfew or did anything to hurt the Patriots' chances.

The person said the deal for the former Patriots starter carries a maximum value of $23.4 million. Last year, they agreed to a deal with Logan Ryan.

The Tennessee Titans have apparently made a decision to jump into the free agent arms race with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In Tennessee, he joins Derrick Henry in the backfield. He added 32 catches for 214 yards and three receiving touchdowns, while also serving as the team's primary kickoff returner (23 returns, 570 yards, 1 touchdown).

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