NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** Malcolm Butler is an NFL success story, and a Super Bowl hero.
And now, he’s a member of the Tennessee Titans.
The former New England Patriots cornerback, who arrived in the league as an undrafted free agent 2014, has officially reached a deal with the Titans.
His addition bolsters a young and promising secondary under head coach Mike Vrabel, and defensive coordinator Dean Pees.
Butler, who played 98 percent of the defensive snaps in the regular season in 2017, started 47 of 48 for the Patriots over the past three seasons. He’s recorded eight interceptions in his NFL career.
Butler (5-11, 190) joins veteran cornerback Logan Ryan, his former teammate in New England, and promising second-year cornerback Adoree’ Jackson in a secondary that also includes Pro Bowl safety Kevin Byard and veteran safety Johnathan Cyprien. Cornerbacks Tye Smith and LeShaun Sims add additional depth and competition at the position, along with Demontre Hurst and Kalan Reed.
A two-time Super Bowl champion, Butler arrives with some impressive credentials, and an interesting background.
Butler, who’s originally from Vicksburg, Miss., earned a spot on New England’s 53-man roster as a rookie free agent out of Division II’s West Alabama. He initially made the team’s 90-man offseason roster following a workout roughly a month after the draft.
In his rookie season, after playing in 11 games (with one start), he sealed New England’s 28-24 Super Bowl XLIX win over Seattle in the closing seconds when he intercepted quarterback Russell Wilson’s pass intended for Ricardo Lockette in the end zone. Butler undercut a slant route, picked off the pass and then managed to get to the two—yard line. It was his first career interception.
The next day Butler was in Disneyland, where he celebrated on a float with Mickey Mouse.
Butler earned a Pro Bowl invitation the following season after starting all 16 regular season contests, and recording 72 tackles, two interceptions and 15 passes defensed.
In 2016, Butler was named second-team All-Pro after starting all 16 regular season games for the second year in a row. Butler recorded 63 tackles and one sack while notching four interceptions in 2016, along with 17 passes defensed.
Last season, Butler started 15 of 16 games for the Patriots, and he recorded 60 tackles and two interceptions. Butler started at corner and finished with six tackles total and added a pass defensed in New England’s AFC Championship victory vs. Jacksonville, but he played just one snap on special teams in Super Bowl LII vs. Philadelphia.
Butler told the Boston Herald on Wednesday that he was never given a reason for why he didn't play in Super Bowl LII, but he reiterated that he has no hard feelings toward his former team.
Now, Butler is ready to make his mark with a new team, in Tennessee.
New Titans CB Malcolm Butler signs his contract and is introduced to reporters at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)
TitansOnline.com looks at the NFL career of former New England Patriots CB Malcolm Butler. (AP Photos)