Most players are trying to find a way into New England, not out, but Malcolm Butler isn't most players.
The talented cornerback knows his days with the Patriots are numbered after the team gave a large contract to free agent Stephon Gilmore. Gilmore, another talented CB, was given a $65 million deal over five years, which was the money Butler was hoping to get from the team.
According to CSN New England, Butler is "extremely frustrated" by the deal given to Gilmore and now "wants [a] new home." CBS Sports also reported Butler's agent is already asking other teams if they are interested in Butler.
New England seems ready to part with Butler, as his name was rumored in trade talks with the Saints for Brandin Cooks. At that time, Butler told ESPN about his future, "I'm just going [with] the flow. I can’t tell the future. I’m just a CB. I'm not a GM."
Of course it's not as easy as Butler would hope. He's a restricted free agent with a first-round tender which means if another teams wants to sign them, they would have to give a first-round draft pick to the Patriots. Considering the Pats just gave up a first rounder to the Saints, they wouldn't mind losing Butler in order to gain an early pick back.
If Butler's agent can't find a team to sign his client then he'd have to sign his tender and remain in New England for a 2017 salary of $3.91 million, which is a lot less than he's asking for.