LBS- Butler reported to the Patriots’ offseason program this week, but Mike Giardi of CSNNE.com reports that the 27-year-old “badly” wanted to be traded.
“He wanted to be traded,” Giardi said Thursday. “He knew what the money was in New Orleans. So when we talk about him, ‘Oh he’s happy. It’s nice that he’s joined his teammates again.’ He had no other choice.
“He wanted New Orleans. He wanted them badly. They couldn’t work out a deal. So what’s he supposed to do now? Sit at home? No, you suck it up. You have to turn yourself back into a Patriot at least for a year, and hope. Who knows, maybe you do your work and maybe they say, ‘Hey, Malcolm, you know what, we can’t give you (Stephon) Gilmore money. But maybe we can find something. Maybe we’ve got $10 or $11 million.”
Man oh man, it's only May and I feel like I should already be kneeling bedside begging for Marshon Lattimore's road to success not to encounter too many detours. I was absolutely ecstatic that he trickled all the way down to #11, but the mood could change quickly if his learning curve is hamstrung by...well...you get it.
I don't really give a crap that Malcolm Butler "badly" wanted to be a Saint because that's the same thing as saying that he badly wanted his salary to increase by approximately 300% over the next four years. I'd "badly" want to be custodian if I was going to make that kind of bank mopping up crap, so - unless he's seen rocking a Fleur De Lis around Foxboro - you can flush his love for the city right down the shitter I would gladly clean for 12.5 million dollars a year.
Still, if the pass defense doesn't improve greatly then not giving up a draft pick or two for a proven commodity at corner will fill Sunday nights with even more scaries than normal. I have a feeling it will due to my unbridled optimism and a couple of highlight videos that definitely don't overly glorify the skill sets of the defensive backs the Saints picked up in the first two rounds. Let's hope that feeling is rooted somewhere in reality or remembering that a top ten shutdown corner in NFL was dying to come to New Orleans (i.e. get paid) will serve as quite the twisting of the knife. The draft fell just right so trading their way into a massive cap hit didn't make much sense, but - considering Drew Brees age and contractual status - they better hope beyond hope that they don't end up being wrong. They had the cards and they decided to hold them, which is fine as long as their ace in the hole ends up winning them the hand.