Texans trying to trade for Patriots CB Malcolm Butler

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The Patriots placed a first-round tender on him, meaning he's on the books for $3.91 million in 2017. He wasn't traded to the Saints last week, but he might still leave the team. He's coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his storied career - one in which he finished second in NFL MVP voting and led the Patriots to their fifth Super Bowl title since 2002. Or, the Saints could work out a contract with Butler and his representatives on the side and make a straight-up trade for him. That being said, the war room does not now hold a first- or second-round pick in this April's draft after sending No. 32 overall and No. 64 overall away in the opening wave of free agency.

The Patriots have made a few other moves. New Orleans now has two first-round selections in a very deep draft, so they can use those picks to improve their woeful defense. The Jimmy Graham trade is one example of how the Saints have moved offensive players while future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton have kept the offense rolling.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Saints have begun negotiations on a new contract for Butler and hope to strike a deal this week.

He was linked to the Titans and Eagles in early March trade rumors before he was finally dealt to the Patriots this past Friday.

The best-case scenario is New Orleans getting five starters in this draft, but getting three starters out of five picks would be outstanding.

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In three National Football League seasons, all with New England, Butler has appeared in 43 games, including 33 as a starter, accumulating 122 tackles and 6 interceptions.

Cooks joins an offense that features Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell, Dion Lewis, James White, and newly acquired Dwayne Allen.

With Cooks in the Patriots offense, he's not going to get the 8.1 targets per game he had previous year. He would be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

After playing three seasons with the New England Patriots and helping them win two Super Bowl championships, including the game saving interception against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, Malcolm Butler understandably wanted a raise on his new deal.

"As a young guy, there were some things I'd like to have did more; not like I wasn't able to do them, we just had great guys doing those other things, so if it's not broke, why fix it?" That makes the Ealy trade seem all that more exciting now, doesn't it? "Someone stole it. I put it in here, man", Brady says in the video, pointing to his locker.

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