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Butler was relatively unknown before his Super Bowl-clinching interception against the Seattle Seahawks back in 2015. Butler played out the season on his restricted tender of $3.9 million. The team also signed Logan Ryan away from New England previous year, so it appears that Ryan and Butler will figure into the position prominently, along with 2017 first-round pick Adoree' Jackson.
As for the Patriots, they'll move on without one of their best cornerbacks. After a slow start, he ended up playing 98 percent of New England's defensive snaps and finished the season with two interceptions. The New Orleans Saints hosted Butler on a visit but never signed him to an offer sheet. Before the tampering window opened, Florio reported that Lewis was in the market for a three-year deal in the neighborhood of $18 million.
Per NBC Sports Boston, the Lions - who are led by a pair of ex-Patriots in head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn - are "quite interested" in Butler's services. General manager Jon Robinson got his start in the National Football League as a scout with the Patriots.