Nick Caserio mum on Patriots' strategy with Jimmy Garoppolo, Malcolm Butler

  • Nick Caserio mum on Patriots' strategy with Jimmy Garoppolo, Malcolm Butler

Nick Caserio mum on Patriots' strategy with Jimmy Garoppolo, Malcolm Butler

With Butler signed, the Patriots can engage in trade talks with other teams regarding Butler if they desire.

Caserio did not, however, offer much clarity on the debates now surrounding backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and cornerback Malcolm Butler.

The Patriots announced that Super Bowl XLIX hero cornerback Malcolm Butler had signed his restricted free agent tender with the deadline coming this Friday. But Butler wasn't signed to an offer sheet, which the Patriots could've matched to keep him; or if they chose not to, they would've received a draft pick in compensation.

Butler could not be traded until he signed the $3.91 million tender for the 2017 season.

Players and fans have been calling for these rules to either be tweaked or eliminated, but the league does not appear to be on board with making any changes. "Our focus is on getting ready for the draft and putting together the best team possible". Things can change in a heartbeat. His most memorable play came in the Super Bowl two seasons ago when he intercepted Russell Wilson at the goal line in the Patriots victory. As the draft gets closer it will be worth watching Butler as the Patriots have no picks in the first two rounds and Butler could be on another team to start the season.

Also Tuesday, the Patriots signed tight end Matt Lengel and released offensive lineman Tre' Jackson.