Cooper-USA Today SportsNew England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) attempts to intercept a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) during the second half at Gillette Stadium.
"You can't change the past", he said.
The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe had reported the Patriots told Butler (before the start of the 2016 season) that they did not plan on offering any cornerback $10 million-plus per year.
"From the custodians to Belichick, all the way to Mr. Kraft, I love those guys, my team-mates", Butler emphasised. "Even when you're not ready to move on, you've got to move on, so I just kept moving on, just tried to keep my confidence up and rebuild everything from the ground up".
Butler is one of several cogs in the Pats machine departing for other squads this off-season.
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The cornerback was well-respected in the Patriots' locker room and played last season under a $3.9 million tender offer.
Butler was benched for all of Super Bowl LII this past season despite starting 15 regular-season games and both previous playoff games. And I like good weather - I am from Vicksburg, Mississippi, and I love the South.
An overlooked prospect in 2014 out of Division II West Alabama, he was invited to New England for a tryout and earned a contract on the offseason 90-man roster nearly a month after the draft.
Butler will have a lot of familiarity within the team, and will be capable of leading a secondary that was 25th in pass defense previous year. I always remember where I came from, work hard, do what you're asked or told. He rose to unexpected fame with his Super Bowl interception, and the team showed its faith in him the following season, in 2015, by elevating him to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart to replace departed free agent Darrelle Revis.
"I really appreciate that from him". It would be in-human for Butler not to have some sort of negative feeling towards his former head coach. For all we know Butler committed a serious violation that the Patriots are keeping a secret to protect him. I'm going to try to outplay what I've got.