Report: Texans interested in trading for Malcolm Butler

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Malcolm Butler could become the Houston Texans new number one cornerback.

We’ve all been wondering who will replace cornerback A.J. Bouye now that he left for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Eric Edholm of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Houston Texans are interested in trading for New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler.

The Patriots placed a first round tender on Butler after tendering him as a restricted free agent earlier this offseason.

If the Texans are able to come to an agreement on a long-term deal with Butler, they would have to give the Patriots the 25th overall pick in this year’s draft unless both teams are able to come up with a different trade scenario.

As of right now, the Texans are only willing to give up their second round pick.

It was reported on Tuesday morning that Butler will be visiting the New Orleans Saints on Thursday in order to try and work on a long-term contract.

If the Saints sign Butler, they would have to give up the 11th overall pick in this year’s draft unless they work out something else with the Patriots.

The Patriots have a few options when it comes to Butler.  Here they are:

  • Let Butler sign with the Texans and collect a second round pick.
  • Let Butler sign with the Saints for a first round pick.
  • Keep Butler on their roster and let him walk as a free agent next year and then collect a third round compensatory pick.

While no one knows what will happen, I don’t see why the Patriots wouldn’t let Butler sign with the Saints and receive a first round pick.

I don’t think the odds are good that Butler ends up with the Texans.