Despite many rumors that the Patriots would be interested in trading for cornerback Richard Sherman if they lost Butler, it has been confirmed that the Patriots aren’t interested in trading for Sherman at all. After yesterdays news, the Patriots were quick in letting the media know that they intend to keep Butler for the 2017 season and will not be trading anything to get Sherman.
As disappointed as I am, I think we all saw this coming. The Seahawks are asking for “a very good player and a high draft pick” for Sherman, reports say. Seeing how the Patriots have no high draft picks and intend to keep everyone on their roster, the Patriots quickly jumped off that ship quickly. We’ve already traded away so much to get players that we seem to be out of assets to trade for Sherman. It could be that or just that we’d have to pay Sherman $11 million for 2 years, or just his attitude problem that he’s had over the years. Either way the Patriots seem to be out of trade deal and intend to keep Butler.
Like I’ve said before, I do like Butler and the way he fits our system. If there was an opportunity to get Sherman and trade Butler than I’d do it. But seeing how the Patriots aren’t doing that, that must mean that they intend to keep Butler for the 2017 season. He has yet to sign his tender and in due time will sign it. Hopefully the Patriots can extend his contract so that he stays, otherwise he can go into free agency next year and expect teams like Jaguars, Bears, and others to overpay him.
We still have the draft to make some trades if we do intend to trade Butler, but for now expect him to be on the field in a Patriots uniform in 2017.