Butler spent the past four seasons with the New England Patriots and has eight career interceptions. Butler developed into one of the league's best cornerbacks and was named to his only Pro Bowl in 2015, though he was named second-team All-Pro in 2016.
An overlooked prospect in 2014 out of Division II West Alabama, he was invited to New England for a tryout and earned a contract on the offseason 90-man roster nearly a month after the draft.
Butler started the Patriots' first two playoff games before he was mysteriously benched for the Super Bowl. Considering Bill Belichick played Eric Rowe over Butler in the Super Bowl, one would suggest that Rowe will start opposite of Gilmore next season. Butler didn't play a single defensive snap in the 41-33 defeat. It remains today unclear why Butler didn't play, but it was clear after that game that Butler and the Patriots would be parting ways.
While Lewis had his moments in the sun with New England, Butler became a full-fledged star after his Super Bowl XLIX pick.
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