Earlier today it was reported by Michael Lombardi that Patriots restricted free agent Malcolm Butler was asking ‘for the moon and then some’ with his next contract.
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These comments now by his agent contradict that statement. Butler’s agent, Derek Simpson, wanted to clear the air regarding that.
“The Patriots haven’t approached Malcolm about his contract since last year, and anything that says he keeps asking for the moon is completely false,” Simpson said.
Butler has taken pride in not allowing his contract status to become a distraction over the past year, deflecting all queries on the topic. Out of respect to the Patriots, Simpson said he didn’t want to publicly disclose information about last year’s contract talks.
Simpson added that Butler has “a lot of respect” for Patriots free-agent signing Stephon Gilmore, who agreed to a five-year, $65 million deal with the Patriots that includes $40 million in bonuses/guarantees, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Butler, who was tendered at the first-round level ($3.91 million) as a restricted free agent, could potentially form a strong 1-2 starting combination with Gilmore in New England, although he has also been the subject of trade speculation.
This comment puts to bed the rumor that came out earlier today that Malcolm was asking ‘for the moon’ in his deal with the Patriots. I’m not really sure what’s going on here, all I know is that I would feel a whole lot better knowing that Butler and Hightower were secured for this coming season. I can’t imagine that Butler is very thrilled that the Patriots didn’t offer Butler top tier money, but turned around and gave it to Gilmore. It’s going to be interesting to see how this all plays out, hopefully, Butler stays here in New England.