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Patriots Could Bring Back Former Super Bowl Hero

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sideline.

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - JANUARY 09: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots reacts against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

As the New England Patriots retool to try and go farther into the playoffs this year, they could be eyeing a Super Bowl hero to join them.

According to Patriots insider Ben Volin, cornerback Malcolm Butler is set for a tryout with the team. Butler recently came out of a brief retirement after spending the 2021 season under contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Patriots have a gaping hole at cornerback following the recent departure of Pro Bowler J.C. Jackson. While Butler may be a little long in the tooth, his experience in the Patriots' defensive system could make him an asset.

Butler is most famous for making the game-winning interception against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Over the next few years, he would establish himself as a superb cornerback, but ultimately had a falling out with the team.

Malcolm Butler went undrafted out of West Alabama in 2014 and played in 11 regular season games as a rookie before his Super Bowl heroics. The following year, he became the Patriots' starting cornerback and made the Pro Bowl.

In 2016, Butler earned All-Pro honors and appeared to be rising the ranks as a top-tier defender. But his relationship with the team soured in 2017, and he was ultimately benched against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

In the ensuing offseason, Butler then signed a five-year, $61 million contract with the Tennessee Titans. He was released after three seasons.

Will Malcolm Butler re-sign with the New England Patriots?