New Orleans Saints

Saints should not make panic move with Malcolm Butler

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The New Orleans Saints need a makeover in the secondary after the defensive backfield finished No. 29 in the league last season, per Pro Football Focus; it makes sense that the team is intrigued by cornerback and former Super Bowl demigod Malcolm Butler.

They should lose that interest.

Off a year in which Butler intercepted 4 balls and defended 17 more, he’s primed to break the Saints’ bank with a lucrative deal. That, and New Orleans will likely have to forfeit their second first-round pick (No. 32) or first pick in the second round (No. 42).

Butler’s surely enticing and the Saints are well-aware that his game-sealing Super Bowl interception wasn’t a one-trick pony. He’s a Top 10 cornerback. On the contrary, he’s not going to turn the team into a contender despite the Saints having the luxury of addressing a unit that needs an upgrade.

Some, deservedly so, have voiced their opinions on why the Saints need Butler. Drew Brees is still chugging along and slinging the ball around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at the ripe age of 38, and the team needs to summon for polished reinforcements to build a winning core around the quarterback.

Frankly, the team’s window on a  Super Bowl — or even an NFC South title, at that — has closed at a rapid rate. New Orleans has the money for the cornerback but doesn’t need to make a move just to make one.

With pick No. 11, the Saints will have their pick — a free one, too — of the litter in a deep cornerback class. Despite the possibility of 3-4 corners going before pick No. 11 rolls around, the team can snag a guy such as Ohio State’s Gareon Conley (who played with Saints safety Vonn Bell) or Tre’Davious White, an in-state product who played for Louisiana State.

And that’s just for pick No. 11. New Orleans could just as easily address another one of the many needs with pick No. 11 and wait in the wing for Florida’s Teez Tabor or Washington’s Kevin King with the final pick in Round 1.

On the surface it makes sense to acquire Butler. The Saints see Julio Jones, Kelvin Benjamin and Mike Evans each twice a year, not to mention the other complementary weapons.

New Orleans has to counter, but Butler’s not enough to turn things around the way the franchise envisions the long haul.


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