Malcolm Butler is officially moving on from the Patriots.
Butler's Patriots tenure was a wild ride, beginning with his iconic Super Bowl XLIX interception and ending with his still-mystifying benching in Super Bowl LII.
After a few hours of Tennessee Titans fans beginning to lose their collective minds and doubting the front office, GM Jon Robinson made his first move of the offseason. And though the contract is a pricey one, the Titans had over $50 million in cap space to spend this year, so Butler does not break their bank just yet.
Butler started every game in 2015 and 2016, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 2015, though his future with the team was uncertain after the 2016 season, when he was a restricted free agent. After the game, in an emotional moment, Butler said the Patriots gave up on him. In essence, Belichick decided that safety Jordan Richards (first half) and cornerback Johnson Bademosi (second half) gave the Patriots a better chance to win as the sixth defensive back in the dime package over Butler, who had played 98 percent of the defensive snaps in the regular season.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Butler turned 28 on March 2. Butler's arrival will push Ryan into a pure slot cornerback role, which has become as important as a left tackle in today's NFL.