Butler signs RFA tender with Patriots

  • Butler signs RFA tender with Patriots

Butler signs RFA tender with Patriots

Garoppolo's name has been bandied about in trade rumors for months now, and Butler, a restricted free agent, has yet to sign the first-round tender the Patriots placed on him last month.

With Butler signed, the Patriots can engage in trade talks with other teams regarding Butler if they desire.

Butler could not be traded until he signed the tender, which would pay him $3.91 million for the 2017 season.

With it becoming clear no team would sign Butler to an offer sheet - the deadline is April 21 - he made a decision to sign the contract, which now gives the Patriots an opportunity to discuss a trade with other teams.

Amendola was set to make $6 million in salary in 2017, and it was relatively clear he was not going to be playing for the Patriots under his contract the way it was structured. "Could that change? Look, it's the National Football League".

On whether the Patriots expect to re-sign Butler: "Right now, we're focused on getting ready for the draft". Things can change in a heartbeat.

He has played in eight postseason games with five starts, and he had an interception at the goal-line that secured the win over Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX. But New England coach Bill Belichick has balked at giving him the lucrative, long-term security he has been seeking. They also traded a sixth-round draft pick to Indianapolis for tight end Dwayne Allen and a second-rounder to Carolina for pass rusher Kony Early.