The day is in the books and it’s time to assess the situation between the New England Patriots, the New Orleans Saints, Malcolm Butler and Brandin Cooks.
Monday began with a stern warning/update from CSNNE’s Mike Giardi. Giardi has been close to the Butler camp throughout. He noted, “Parameters of (Butler) deal (to New Orleans) mostly in place.”
The day ended with a Tweet from NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport, noting that the Patriots have had no talks with Butler or the Saints.
In between, as has been the case since the free-agency period began, there has been nothing but speculation.
Isn’t it time to think that the simpler the theory, the better the theory? How about this one, reading between some of the lines? Brandin Cooks was dealt for Malcolm Butler. All that’s left now for these teams is to agree on some kind of draft compensation to even the deal out. New Orleans also has to hammer out the final pieces of the deal with Butler.
Patriots fans continue to take Rappaport’s view that it’s the No. 11 pick or bust for the Saints to give. Chances are these teams, some time before the draft in April, will find some sort of compromise in the deal that won’t include No. 11.
A couple scenarios:
Butler plays for the Patriots next year under the restricted tender of $3.91 million. I’d say there’s a 20 percent chance this happens.
Butler goes to New Orleans and the Saints surrender the No. 11 pick overall as compensation. I’d say a 20 percent chance.
Butler goes to New Orleans and the teams compromise with New England picking up the No. 32 and perhaps another second or third. I’d say a 60 percent chance.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2017
Don't read too much into silence on Butler front. Focused on Saints. Parameters of deal mostly in place. Some quibbling over guaranteed $$$
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) March 20, 2017