Patriots CB Malcolm Butler shows up for voluntary workouts despite contract dispute

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.

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."

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