Butler signs, but could be dealt

Butler signs, but could be dealt

With it becoming clear no team would sign Butler to an offer sheet - the deadline is April 21 - he chose to sign the contract, which now gives the Patriots an opportunity to discuss a trade with other teams.

Signing the deal not only increases Butler's salary to $3.91 million next season, but it also allows the Patriots to complete a trade if desired.

Butler, a restricted free agent, spent time visiting with Saints in March.

This removes the opportunity for Butler to sign as a free agent with another organization.

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Butler replaced Revis atop the depth chart the following season and has started all 32 games since. If Buffalo declines, New England will send a fifth round pick to the Bills as compensation.

While the news and reports surrounding Butler is likely far from over, the Patriots made it clear Tuesday that Super Bowl LI hero running back James White is in the franchise's long-term plans.

New England is said to be keen on trading Butler before he hits unrestricted free agency at the end of next season.

First, it is the 65th birthday of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who since taking over as coach in New England in 2000 has become arguably the greatest coach in National Football League history, winning an unprecedented five Super Bowl championships. With that in mind, let's take a look at five Patriots rumors you need to know with just under two weeks remaining before the 2017 NFL Draft. The two teams have been in discussion for over a month on ways to get Butler to New Orleans.

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