Malcolm Butler found himself at the center of trade talks leading up to the draft with a potential deal to the Saints seeming likely. A trade never came to fruition after Butler signed his restricted free-agent tender, meaning hell have to play out the year on a one-year contract.
Hes obviously not thrilled about that, but he doesnt have much of a choice. Seeing no other options, he showed up for voluntary workouts Wednesday after skipping them last month.
As the Patriots got back to their workout program this week, Malcolm Butler joined the team. He was not participating in them before draft.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 3, 2017
Butler and the Patriots have been unable to agree to a long-term deal, which led to the trade rumors in the first place. As a result, hell make $3.91 million this season well below his desired salary.
The fact that hes in attendance at voluntary workouts is a good sign, though. Safety Patrick Chung seems to be relieved, too.
"We have him now. So we're good, Chung said, via MassLive.com. He's a good player, great player, funny dude. It's good to have him back. Now we can get going."