The New Orleans Saints, who considered trying to acquire Butler before trading wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Patriots a year ago, have shown a renewed interest, per Dianna Russini of ESPN.
New England won that Super Bowl, 28-24.
The idea of Butler returning to the Patriots after what unfolded in Super Bowl LII - when he didn't play a defensive snap - was far-fetched.
Despite Butler's sudden stardom, Belichick said at one point in 2015 that Butler "as much as any player that I've been around, has really not changed very much from Year 1 to Year 2".
Malcolm Butler, as expected, will not play with the Patriots next season after agreeing to join the Tennessee Titans. Butler is a well-known commodity to his new coaching and front office staffs; Mike Vrabel, a former Patriots linebacker will be his new head coach, while a former Patriots personnel staffer, Jon Robinson, is his new general manager.
Malcolm Butler is signing with the Titans..
Butler is coming off a season in which he finished with two interceptions, three forced fumbles, a sack and 60 combined tackles.
After playing more than 95% of the snaps during the season, Butler did not play any defensive snaps during this year's Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia. Despite Butler's benching, he's a bona fide starter, and now he has the contract to prove it.
Butler's departure leaves the Patriots with a need at cornerback this offseason.