Malcolm Butler

New England Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini) ORG XMIT: FBO10

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The Saints have not discussed the possibility of trading for Malcolm Butler in recent days, though the possibility was not entirely ruled out by New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis on Wednesday.

The start of the draft on Thursday offers another natural deadline to get a trade done, but Loomis did not voice a sense of urgency when asked about the situation.

“We haven’t really had any discussion for quite some time,” Loomis said. “Look, he’s their player. So, we’ll see how that evolves.”

Coach Sean Payton offered similar sentiments when asked about a possible trade for the cornerback on Tuesday.

“There’s nothing new,” Payton said. “He’s with New England, and I don’t think anything has changed. I don’t see anything being imminent as well.”

Butler recently signed his restricted free-agent tender, which puts him under contract with New England for the 2017 season. He visited the Saints earlier this offseason, which seemed to indicate a certain level of interest, but a deal has not yet been reached.

The teams were unable to discuss a trade until Butler signed his tender.

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