BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Unrestricted free agency is on the horizon for New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, but the Super Bowl legend isn't talking much about the possibility of signing with another team this week.
Even the Saints.
New Orleans was intrigued enough by Butler that the Saints brought him in for a visit last spring — he was allowed to make the trip because he was a restricted free agent — and the visit fueled speculation that Butler might be a trade target in the Brandin Cooks sweepstakes, which eventually ended up yielding a first-round pick that turned into Ryan Ramczyk.
Butler, who arrived in Minnesota late because he was hospitalized with the flu, called the Saints a "great organization," but he fended off most questions about New Orleans or free agency in general.
"It was different, it was something I didn't expect, but the past is the past," Butler said of the visit. "I'm just worried about the future."
Butler was also asked if he wanted to re-sign with the Patriots.
"Without a doubt," Butler said.
Butler, who made the interception that gave New England a win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, has started for the Patriots the past three seasons and made the Pro Bowl in 2015, fell off a bit in 2017, but he still made 60 tackles, a sack and two interceptions as a starter.
And he's adamant that he's not thinking about free agency yet.
"No, not right now," Butler said. "It's all about giving 100 percent dedication towards the team, giving them everything I've got. Whatever happens after this happens, I'm just focused on Super Bowl LII."
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