As the Patriots build up toward next week's National Football League draft, their strategy would be dramatically altered if they moved one or both of their two significant trade pieces.
However, New England is still open to trading him, according to Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio.
Brown was asked at his pre-draft press conference if the team plans to trade for a veteran quarterback?
"In fact, I know we're not going to do that".
The New England Patriots have signed restricted free agent Malcolm Butler to a first-round tender, though he could still be on the move, per Field Yates of ESPN. However that manifests itself, (I'm) not exactly sure, but that's where the focus is - trying to put together the best team possible for the 2017 season. He wanted to do whatever it took to remain in New England then, and that appears to be the case again now. The signing doesn't necessarily mean that Butler will be returning for the 2017 season, as the 27-year-old cornerback could still very well be traded ahead of the NFL Draft. So what will the Patriots do if and when the Saints come calling?
If the Patriots don't trade Butler, he would likely report once mandatory work starts, to avoid getting fined. "Yes", he said. "But are we planning on it or is that the plan? No". I don't anticipate that many transactions here between now and next Thursday or Friday.