The New England Patriots have let it be known their interest in Richard Sherman is still intact, but the only source of caution is Malcolm Butler.
Per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the New England Patriots would entertain acquiring the 29-year-old Richard Sherman if they are unable to retain Malcolm Butler this offseason.
Based on this report, it’s clear New England’s main objective is keeping Butler. But it begs the question – who would you rather have?
With Butler’s uncertain future with the Patriots, it seems fitting to question whether or not a veteran corner like Sherman would be worth New England’s while. But for me, Butler should be your guy.
As Butler’s stock continues to rise, New England can’t help but notice, and it’s telling what the rest of the league thinks of him. Teams will want him, and if he signs his tender offer, the Patriots may be sifting through trade offers.
But compared to Sherman, Butler seems to be the safe bet with the Patriots. He’s already proved himself these past two seasons, and as his stock rises so does his talent. Retaining Butler should be the Patriots chief mission this offseason, but if teams want to overpay for Butler on the trade market, it helps to know a guy like Sherman is still on the table.
Teams have until April 21 to sign Butler to an offer sheet. As it stands, it seems unlikely he’d be offered one. The next step is signing Butler to his $3.91 million tender offer.
When Butler does sign his tender offer, it could very well mean the end of his career in New England. With names like Sherman floating around, it will be an interesting month for Bill Belichick to go with Butler or another.
For me, my money is on Butler.
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