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Malcolm Butlerís visit with Saints reportedly ends with no deal

Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler met with the New Orleans Saints Thursday, and while at one point it was reported ďthere is momentum toward finalizing a deal before he leaves,Ē it appears the visit has ended without one.

The NFL Networkís Ian Rapoport reported on Twitter that a ďsource close to [Butler] said it went well. No deal yet. The sides remain motivated to get it done.Ē

Meanwhile, the Saints provided only a cryptic update on their official Twitter account.

ďWhen we know you will know You may even know before we know...,Ē the Saints tweeted at 4:23 p.m. Thursday.

According to The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., Butler met with the Saintsí front office and coaching staff, and had lunch at the cafeteria at the teamís facility with his agents. The Advocate also reported it could be ďa long processĒ for the sides to reach a deal.

Butler, a restricted free agent, is able to meet with teams and solicit offers. If the Saints sign Butler, 27, to an offer sheet, the Patriots have the right to match it. If they decline, they will receive New Orleansís first-round pick, the 11th overall selection.

Butlerís name has also come up in trade reports between the two teams.

Butler arrived in New Orleans Wednesday night and went to dinner with a handful of Saints players, according to reports.


Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that a source said of the dinner, ďThe vibe was good. Everybody communicated well. (He) seemed comfortable.Ē

Butlerís visit with the Saints was his first free agent meeting.

Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed the visit to the Associated Press earlier this week.

Butler has yet to sign the $3.91 million tender the Patriots placed on him.

The Saints already own the Patriotsí first-round pick (No. 32 overall) after shipping receiver Brandin Cooks to New England last week.

Payton and Patriots coach Bill Belichick have a long friendship and working relationship, with the teams holding joint practices the last two seasons. They will face each other in a regular-season game in New Orleans this season.

Another possibility for Butler landing in New Orleans would be for him to sign his New England tender and then have the clubs work out a trade for something other than the No. 11 pick. A possible scenario could be the Patriots recouping the No. 32 pick.

Any trade likely would be contingent on Butler agreeing to a long-term deal with the Saints, as itís unlikely the team would be willing to give up a pick if Butler could still walk at the end of the 2017 season.
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The doesn't mean that Butler and the Saints didn't agree to a deal. It just means they didn't finalize one. Looking more likely the scenario of Butler signing the Pats' tender, Pats and Saints exercising a trade, and then Butler and the Saints executing the previously agreed upon deal.

Either that or moving on.
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There would have been no one I would have signed a deal wtih him until he signed the tender. Putting us at risk of losing our #11 pick isn't an option.
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Okay, so who's still available from Canada?
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The doesn't mean that Butler and the Saints didn't agree to a deal. It just means they didn't finalize one. Looking more likely the scenario of Butler signing the Pats' tender, Pats and Saints exercising a trade, and then Butler and the Saints executing the previously agreed upon deal.

Either that or moving on.
Or it it could mean they didn't agree to a deal.
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They couldn't agree a deal. If they had agreed a deal publicly New England would be demanding the number 11 pick
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I'm all for getting Butler. But even if we don't, we've still got some picks in the draft. Re-sign Moore (if he's still available) and try to draft quality defensive players.
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Keep our picks get our own guys
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I understood that tweet as once the news breaks that Butler has signed his tender - the trade is on.

Naturally I could be very wrong.
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I wonder what it would take to get Richard Sherman.
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