Honestly, what the hell else was he supposed to do? The New England Patriots cornerback has signed his restricted free agent tender, according to multiple reports.
Because a player can't be traded unless he is under contract, Butler's status was in limbo until he signed the $3.91 million tender.
But now that he's signed, more options actually open up.
New Orleans owns two first-round picks - the No. 11 and the No. 32 overall selections, the latter of which was acquired from New England in the Brandin Cooks trade.
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Malcolm Butler can officially be a part of trade discussions. Or his new team could franchise him.
In fact, the main contributors lost from last season's team (Martellus Bennett, Chris Long and Logan Ryan) were replaced by players younger or the same age (Dwayne Allen, Kony Ealy and Stephon Gilmore respectively).
Butler, who turned 27 last month, has been mentioned in a lot of trade rumors this offseason after becoming a restricted free agent following his second Super Bowl win last season.
It looks like Jimmy Garoppolo will be playing 2017 with the Patriots.