New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis and Head Coach Sean Payton are exploring a trade with the New England Patriots for restricted free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler.
Butler left town without a deal after visiting with Saints officials Wednesday night and Thursday, though Payton clearly remains smitten with the improbable hero of Super Bowl XLIX.
That much we know. What we don’t know is what it will ultimately cost the Black and Gold in terms of signing bonus and guaranteed money for the player and draft pick(s) for the defending Super Bowl champions.
It all depends on how badly the Saints covet him. If Butler is seeking Stephon Gilmore type money from New Orleans, I’d say he’s out of his ever lovin’ mind. Gilmore recently signed a five-year, $65 million free-agent contract with New England that features $31 million in guaranteed money, including an $18 million signing bonus.
Gilmore now supplants Butler as the No. 1 cornerback in New England, essentially leaving the next move in this chess game up to the Saints.
Brian Allee-Walsh Sports NOLA