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Patriots' Malcolm Butler Finally Explains Super Bowl Benching

There's still no specific reason why Bill Belichick left Butler on the bench for all defensive snaps in the Super Bowl, which the Patriots lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Tennessee Titans are expected to sign cornerback Malcolm Butler to a five-year contract worth $61 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday.

Butler's perspective was remarkable a month after the most hard night of his career.

"(The Titans) have a good quarterback in (Marcus) Mariota, a good franchise quarterback", Butler said.

"I am going to being everything I've got", Butler said. I went to the hospital. "I'm just happy they thought I'm one of those players to help". It could have been anything.

Butler will speak to the media Thursday afternoon for the first time since signing with the team.

Butler, 28, came to prominence when he made a Super Bowl-clinching interception against the Seahawks following the 2014 season, his rookie year. It didn't work out right [against the Eagles].

The Tennessee Titans have a definite New England Patriots influence these days. "Life just goes on".

The cornerback reiterated several times that he still feels positively toward the Patriots' organization.

Needless to say, it was a bitter end to an otherwise tumultuous year in New England.

In Tennessee, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder will join veteran cornerback Logan Ryan, his former teammate in New England, and promising second-year cornerback Adoree' Jackson in a secondary that also includes Pro Bowl safety Kevin Byard and veteran safety Johnathan Cyprien. "Just the way I grew up, the way my parents pushed me, never really being looked up to".

Lewis, Butler and Ryan were all part of the Patriots team that won the Super Bowl after the 2016 season.

Butler endured a brutal indignity in front of more than a hundred million viewers, then publicly forgave the guy who wronged him. Butler told Howe that Brady has been calling to check up on him this offseason.

Butler hasn't gotten one either. After the Super Bowl, I got a couple calls from him. "They loved me at times when they shouldn't love me". But of course maybe he did follow up and Butler skirted around the question. "He was really concerned, and he just wanted to know what was going on or whatever", Butler stated. Hell half of New England thinks Belichick cost the Patriots the Super Bowl by benching Butler. I don't want more, but that's the mindset I have. Regardless of the reasoning, it is clear that the decision did not work out in the Patriots' favor.

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