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March 25, 2021 01:24 PM
Cardinals' Malcolm Butler: Replacing Peterson in Arizona
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 10, 2021 01:24 PM
Malcolm Butler: Let go by Titans
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Titans released Butler on Tuesday, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

This transaction will free up $10.2 million in cap space for the Titans in 2021. The 31-year-old cornerback started all 16 games in 2020, registering 100 tackles, 14 pass breakups and four interceptions while allowing 873 yards (6.9 yard per target) and five touchdowns in coverage.

January 11, 2021 10:36 AM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Leader in Titans' secondary
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 28, 2020 07:48 PM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Snares fourth interception
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler recorded six tackles and one interception in Week 16 against the Packers.

Butler pulled off the rare feat of intercepting Aaron Rodgers for his fourth pick of the season. It came early in the fourth quarter and led to a Tennessee drive that could have tightened the game significantly. Butler continues to play a key role in the team's defense, staying on the field for at least 95 percent of the defensive snaps in every game since Week 6.

December 7, 2020 11:56 AM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Leads way with eight tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 14, 2020 10:08 PM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Pair of picks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler recorded seven tackles, one tackle for a loss and two interceptions in Week 5 against the Bills.

Butler finished second on the team in tackles, his second highest mark of the season. However, he made his mark on the game with two interceptions, including his first of the campaign. The first came on the Bills' initial offensive possession, which set up a short touchdown drive for the Titans. His second pick came late in the third quarter and he turned up field for a 68-yard return -- setting up another score for Tennessee. Butler has been active in coverage early this season, racking up six passes defended along with 25 tackles across four contests.

September 20, 2020 11:48 AM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Set to play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (quadriceps) is active Week 2 against Jacksonville.

Butler missed practice Friday and was considered questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Jaguars, but it appears he'll give it a go. Should any type of in-game setback occur, rookie Kristian Fulton would be in line to take on extra snaps.

September 19, 2020 01:48 AM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Questionable for Week 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (quadriceps) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports.

Butler was added to Thursday's injury report as a limited participant, so the fact that he sat out practice entirely Friday could hint of a setback. Rookie second-round pick Kristian Fulton will be the favorite to slot into the starting lineup if Butler isn't able to suit up against Jacksonville.

September 17, 2020 06:08 PM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Late injury add
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (quadriceps) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice, Terry McCormick of reports.

The specifics surrounding the injury remain unclear, however, the fact that Butler was a late addition is certainly not a great sign. The 30-year-old was solid in Week 1, only surrendering 21 yards on three receptions in situations when he was the primary defender. If Butler fails to suit up in Week 2 against Jacksonville, Kristian Fulton or Chris Jackson would likely be in line for a start.

June 26, 2020 08:52 PM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Set for second year in Tennessee
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (wrist) likely will operate as the Titans' No. 1 outside corner in 2020, Joe Rexrode of The Athletic reports.

Logan Ryan moved on to free agency and Adoree' Jackson is expected to see more nickel work, leaving Butler as the clear No. 1 option on the outside. Tennessee also brought in veteran Johnathan Joseph and drafted Kristian Fulton in the second round of April's draft, while Butler is looking for a rebound season after missing the final two months of 2019 with a fractured wrist.

November 5, 2019 05:40 PM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Moves to injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (wrist) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Butler fractured his wrist during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Panthers and was already considered to be in danger of missing the rest of the season, so the move to IR isn't overly surprising. Adoree' Jackson and LeShaun Sims should be more heavily relied upon at cornerback for the Titans.

November 4, 2019 01:52 PM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: In danger of missing season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Mike Vrabel said Monday that Butler (wrist) "may be lost for the season," John Glennon of The Athletic reports.

Butler suffered a broken wrist during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Panthers while attempting to break up a touchdown catch by wide receiver Curtis Samuel. The 29-year-old is already ruled out against the Chiefs in Week 10, per Terry McCormick of, and he appears to be in serious of missing significant time or being placed on IR. LeShaun Sims filled in for Butler at cornerback during Sunday's loss, and stands to continue seeing an expanded role in his absence.

November 4, 2019 12:20 PM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Breaks wrist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler suffered a broken wrist during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Panthers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Butler will undergo more tests to determine the severity of the injury. He's likely in danger of missing the rest of the season, which would leave LeShaun Sims to handle an expanded role at cornerback.

November 3, 2019 03:12 PM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Out with wrist injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler won't return to Sunday's game at Carolina after suffering a wrist injury, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Butler unofficially had two passes defensed before exiting the game. Adoree Jackson and LeShaun Sims should see increased snaps in his absence.

October 29, 2019 02:48 PM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Picks off Winston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler posted a solo tackle, a pass breakup and an interception in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Buccaneers.

Butler accounted for Jameis Winston's second turnover of the first quarter, helping the Titans finish the first frame with a comfortable 14-3 lead. This was Butler's second interception of the season. The 29-year-old corner has been targeted in coverage 6.4 times per game this year, and he's held opposing quarterbacks to a 75.2 passer rating and just one touchdown on those attempts. This is a situation where his real-life value supersedes fantasy purpose.

September 9, 2019 01:08 AM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Logs defensive touchdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler recorded two tackles, one interception, which he returned for a touchdown, and one pass defensed in Week 1 against the Browns.

Butler capped off a Week 1 victory for the Titans, picking off Baker Mayfield and returning it 38 yards for a touchdown. He also played a key role in the secondary's strong showing, limiting Baker Mayfield to 285 passing yards on 38 attempts as well as forcing him to commit three turnovers. While Butler posted an up-and-down debut season with the Titans in 2018, he'll look to keep his performance consistent heading into Week 2 against Indianapolis.

January 17, 2019 07:56 PM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Records three interceptions in 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler tallied 69 tackles (60 solo, including a sack) and 12 passes defensed -- including three interceptions -- while playing in all 16 games for the Titans in 2018.

Butler had a career high in tackles in his first year with Tennessee, despite the lowest snap total he's seen in some time. After averaging over a thousand defensive snaps per season the last three years, he only played 836 for the Titans, though he managed to hover around his career averages in most measures. He'll figure to come back as a starting corner once again in 2019 and look to maintain his quality play.

December 23, 2018 07:56 AM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Seals victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler recorded five tackles with a pass defensed and interception in Saturday's 25-16 win over Washington.

Butler delivered a highlight on the final play of the game, intercepting a deep pass attempt by Josh Johnson and returning it for a touchdown. After a relatively slow start to the season, Butler has improved his play over the past several weeks, breaking up five passes and picking off two pass attempts in his past six games.

December 8, 2018 02:04 AM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Another solid effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler recorded four tackles and two passes defensed in Thursday's 30-9 win over the Jaguars.

Butler was battling a quadriceps injury in the short week leading up to Thursday's game, though he did ultimately enter the contest without an injury designation. Coming off a performance against the Jets in which he tallied a victory-clinching interception, Butler recorded two passes defensed as an encore. He now has four pass breakups in his past four games, and nine for the season.

December 5, 2018 04:52 PM
Titans' Malcolm Butler: Ready to go
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (quadricep) does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Butler was a full participant in Wednesday's practice after having been limited to begin the week. The 28-year-old is on track to suit up against the Jaguars on Thursday, and will attempt to contain the Cody Kessler-led air attack.

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