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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Malcolm Butler’s New England days came to a screeching halt after he was benched in the Super Bowl. Butler was the Patriots number 1 defensive back for most of the season only to watch the Eagles defeat his team from the sideline. The public still has no idea why that benching took place but we do know that New York will get a boost from having Butler in their secondary should he sign there. Getting to play his former team twice a year will also give Malcolm Butler the chance to get a little payback. Those two organizations have been rivals since the 1960s and if Butler goes to New York it will just be another chapter in the saga. Bill Belichick was actually supposed to be the Jets head coach before resigning from that position and taking the Patriots job. Belichick has to hate hearing Butler might end up in the Big Apple but at least he knows he can beat Gang Green convincingly like he’s done his entire career. On the field the Jets should be a little bit better from a coverage stand point if they can work out a deal with the 28 year old. Butler has made a name for himself by producing big plays against the pass. Maybe none more notable than the interception against the Seahawks to help clinch Super Bowl XLIX. Clearly G.M Mike Maccagnan is trying to tap into those playmaking abilities and give his team a spark on the back end. It will be interesting to see if Butler can bounce back from that Super Bowl letdown because it was definitely a negative mark on his legacy. The best way to turn the page on those unfortunate circumstances are by getting back on the field and forcing some turnovers. Keep an eye on if New York does end up inking Malcolm Butler to a contract because it appears they will make a run at him.
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