We’re lucky this morning that the rash of speculative Malcolm Butler-to-the-Saints articles have been knocked to the background, if for only a day, because Tom Brady‘s Super Bowl 51 jersey has been found! And crazy enough, they found the Super Bowl 49 jersey with it.
Here’s the scoop from Jay Glazer:
So here’s actually what happened. The FBI and the NFL security, along with Patriots security and the Houston PD, they actually went through all this video to try and track somebody down, and they zeroed in on somebody, a person of interest.
That person of interest, from what I’m told, is an international member of the media. I don’t believe he’s actually a member of the media, but he was posing as a member of the international media. Got credentialed, it’s been going on for quite some time.
And he actually, from what I’m told, they have him going into the locker room right behind Bill Belichick as if he’s with the team. Goes in there, loiters around a little while and is seen leaving the locker room — this is the video they’re trying to look at right now — seen leaving a little bit later with something under his arm.
Just another bit more lore for Tom Brady and his Super Bowl aura, and really, in what is slowly developing into the quiet lull in between free agency and the draft, this is just the kind of offseason story to break the monotony. Because let’s face it, we could be hanging on Butler-to-the-Saints for another month since Butler doesn’t have to sign his tender until late April.
More on Butler today:
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) March 20, 2017
Does anyone else think that Belichick is just sitting back and letting the Saints do all the dirty work here? Let’s not forget the Pats have way more cap space than the Saints. So if Butler signs his RFA tender, then the Saints present the deal they worked out with Butler to the Patriots, it’s all up to Belichick what he wants to do.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) March 19, 2017
Mike Lombardi is convinced it would have to be for the 11th overall draft pick. As much as I love Butler, that’s a deal you probably have to make if you’re BB. Especially with no first or second round picks right now. That 11th pick could be traded down and fill out those two rounds with as many as three picks.
So I still think it’s very much up in the air and the Patriots are completely in the driver’s seat, so I’m really not worrying about it too much, even though I do really love Butler and would love to see him stick around. Again, I was shocked to see the Pats had a huge contract to a cornerback when they signed Gilmore, so I really wonder if they’d be willing to do two of those kind of contracts when they’ve traditionally balked at splurging on on the position.
Some speculation as well about Darrelle Revis coming back to the Patriots. I just don’t see it. Even if Butler leaves I’m not sure if Revis is really a better or more affordable option that Gilmore and Rowe as the outside corners. There’s still some question marks as to who plays in the slot, remember that was Logan Ryan‘s primary job by the end of the season. Most people think of a slot corner as the third corner, but Ryan played early downs outside and then moved inside on passing downs. That shows how valuable a slot corner can be, but Revis is certainly not that player anymore.
As for a move to safety the Pats are paying three veteran safeties, where would Revis possibly fit? It was a fun 2014 with Revis, but I don’t think he’s a fit on or off the field at this point.