The Cardinals placed Butler on the reserve/retired list Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. A report from Mike Garafolo of NFL Network emerged Monday that Butler was mulling retirement as he tends to a personal matter. Indeed, Butler has opted for that route, thus saving the Cardinals a spot on the 53-man roster. In his stead, it appears the team plans to roll with Byron Murphy and Robert Alford (undisclosed) as its top two cornerbacks.
Butler is considering retirement as he deals with a personal matter, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The Cardinals brought Butler in on a one-year deal to reinforce their group of cornerbacks following the departure of Patrick Peterson. Over seven pro seasons, Butler has been a regular starter for the past six, averaging 70.3 tackles and 3.1 interceptions per 16 games played. Now that he's dealing with an off-the-field issue, though, he's considering walking away from football entirely.
Butler is signing a one-year contract with the Cardinals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Released by the Titans earlier this month, Butler lands on his feet in an Arizona defense that's desperately in need of cornerback help. The Cardinals recently lost Patrick Peterson to the Vikings, leaving 32-year-old Robert Alford and 23-year-old Byron Murphy as their top options at the position. Butler is also on the older side (31) for an NFL cornerback, but he's coming off a solid 2020 season with 100 tackles (86 solo), 14 pass defenses and four interceptions in 16 games. While the gaudy tackle numbers were a new feature last season, Butler does have a six-year streak with multiple INTs and nine or more PDs.
Butler recorded 100 tackles, one tackle for loss, 14 passes defensed and four interceptions across 16 games in the 2020 regular season. Butler had his best season as a Titan, in part because he was fully healthy after dealing with a broken wrist last season. He played in more than 95 percent of defensive snaps in all but one game this season and tied his career-best mark with four interceptions. While Butler has two years remaining on his deal, it's possible the team parts ways with him, as it would cost the Titans just $4 million in dead cap.
Butler recorded eight tackles in Week 13 against the Browns. Butler led the team with eight tackles but failed to make any further impact. He was a constant presence, logging a 97 percent snap rate. For the season, Butler has remained on the field for at least 95 percent of defensive snaps in all but one contest. He should continue to play a major role in the Titans' Week 14 matchup against the Jaguars.
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