The New York Jets are in dire need of an upgrade at cornerback. Here are the three top reasons why Malcolm Butler makes a lot of sense to sign if he hits free agency.
News recently came out about the New York Jets being interested in free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler. Being that he’s been a Patriot, some Jets fans may have some mixed feelings about the Super Bowl 49 hero. However, it actually makes sense that the Jets are reportedly considering offering Butler a contract once free agency begins.
Below are just a few of the reasons why it makes total sense for the Jets to bring in Butler to bolster their defensive secondary. With someone of his talent on the Jets defense for a change, it would undoubtedly put them in the right direction towards rebuilding the right way.
The Jets have money
What do you need to sign free agents? Cap room? Do the Jets have cap room? Yeah. Do they have a lot of it? Yeah. Even if they go all in on Kirk Cousins, the Jets will still have money to spend. The Jets may have to overpay to get Butler in green and white, but sometimes you have to overpay in free agency to get players that would be a good fit on your team. Considering how much cap room the Jets have, they can definitely afford to overpay for Butler.
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Cornerback is a position of need
Cornerback is without a doubt one of the biggest weaknesses on this team. Morris Claiborne is a nice start, but it doesn’t get pretty after that. Buster Skrine is inconsistent at best, and former 4th rounder Juston Burris hasn’t shown much at all in his two seasons in the league. The Jets would be wise to bolster their cornerback group.
Malcolm Butler-Patriots relationship
After the whole Super Bowl fiasco, it’s a very safe bet that the Patriots will not bring Butler back. Bill Belichick did not let Butler play a single snap in the Super Bowl because he was reportedly late to a team meeting during the week. Butler was very clear with his displeasure about being benched. What better way to stick it to what could be his former team by signing with a division rival and getting to line up against them two times every season?
These are all reasons as to why it makes sense that the Jets are supposedly interested in Butler. It would be very interesting to see Butler in a Jets uniform next season since he would be a big upgrade and add more to the intense rivalry against the Patriots.