Malcolm Butler Set to Visit With New Orleans Saints

Alain Brian
Mars 25, 2017

The wide receiver's name was mentioned in various trade rumors before he ultimately was dealt to the Patriots last Friday, but he said those didn't stem from any animosity between him and the Saints.

Speaking of defense, the Saints also have a visit planned with a former Super Bowl star later this week.

Brandin Cooks has no ill will toward the New Orleans Saints for putting him on the trading block and sending him to New England.

Cooks declined to elaborate on what it is that he wants to do, but he provided some fuel for the speculation that he'll play more in one specific location in the formation. As an unrestricted free agent, the Patriots won't get anything in return if Hightower departs, though he would figure into the compensatory pick formula for the 2018 draft. But after the Pats acquired Cooks for draft picks and signed Gilmore, Butler's agent began agitating for a trade via the restricted free agency tender, as CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported. If not, the Saints would have to give up their own first-round pick.

Another possibility is a trade, which has been rumored over the past few days. He intercepted four passes last season and broke up 17.

"That's why it was very important to find a home like I found, because Drew Brees is the type of guy that can extend your career, man, and that's what it's all about". "The way I look at it now I take it positive and I see it as a blessing just because of the hardships we had to overcome in life in general, so to be able to play this game - the hardships that we go through on the field - it's nothing compared to that". I love everything about the (Saints) organization and the people. "I'm just here to play football and that's what it's all about". Cooks said he's excited about catching passes from Brady. Would you be okay with the Texans coughing up their second round pick for a proven, veteran cornerback? That would seem unlikely given that Belichick's preference would likely be to send Butler out of the conference, and the fact it might not be a strong enough depending on what the Saints come through with. To be able to build what they want to build and to be sent off to a good team for me I think is a win-win situation.

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