Should the New England Patriots Wait on Malcolm Butler Contract Extension?

June 3, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The New England Patriots are on the clock. Every day is a day closer to the beginning of the 2017 offseason, when a laundry list of big-name free agents could be taking their talents somewhere else. 
There are still 16 regular-season and up to four postseason games between now and then, and anything can happen in that period. The Patriots would be wise to stay ahead of the curve with their most important players, but with linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower both facing the end of their Patriots careers, cornerback Malcolm Butler might have to wait on a new deal for the time being.
Let's start with Butler's absence from the Patriots' organized team activities on Thursday, coupled with the note from ESPN.com's Mike Reiss that he "wouldn't be surprised if [Butler's absence] was related to his contract status." Reiss continued:
Butler has told teammates and friends he plans to push for an adjustment to his contract before the 2016 season, and stayin...

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