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Malcolm Butler to sign with Titans

Malcolm Butler to sign with Titans

The odds of the San Francisco 49ers going after New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler reduced when they signed Richard Sherman on Saturday. Instead, he signed for a below-market one-year, $3.9 million tender that would allow him full-fledged free agency this spring. On Tuesday, the former All-Pro cornerback agreed to a five-year, $61 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, that will include more than $30 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Before the 2017 season, Butler was best known for making one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl history.

The news suggests Patricia, the only defensive coordinator Butler has played for in the National Football League, still thinks highly of the former undrafted free agent and Super Bowl XLIX hero despite Butler's benching in Super Bowl LII.

An overlooked prospect in 2014 out of Division II West Alabama, he had been invited to New England for a tryout and earned a contract on the offseason 90-man roster nearly a month after the draft. Butler worked his way onto the depth chart in 2015 and made a crucial play in the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks, intercepting a pass at the goal line that helped the Patriots hold on to win.

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He became the team's top corner the next season and did not disappoint, playing 90 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps while locking down the opposition's top receivers.

Still, he is only 28 years old and played all 16 games in each of the last three seasons while tallying eight interceptions during that span.