March 15, 2017

Malcolm Butler to Meet With Saints

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Malcolm Butler will visit Thursday with the Saints.

New England Patriots cornerback Malcom Butler will visit with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, just days after Brandin Cooks was sent to the Pats. The Saints can sign him to an offer sheet, but the Patriots can still match and would get a first-round pick back from New Orleans if they chose not to match. Saints coach Sean Payton told Brett Martel of the Associated Press that Butler will visit the Saints to talk with the team.

The Saints have the 11th and 32nd picks in the first round with the last pick coming from the Patriots in the deal for Cooks. The higher of those picks would be handed over if they signed Butler as a restricted free agent, although the two teams could potentially work out another arrangement if Butler signs his tender as part of the process of landing a long-term deal with the Saints.

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