This marks the second straight year a Patriots cornerback will leave in free agency to join the Titans.
According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Butler deal is worth $61 million, with more than $30 million guaranteed. That's a massive pay raise for the 27-year-old, who played the 2017 season on a one-year, $3.91 million tender and made $600,000 or less in each of his first three National Football League seasons.
So, Butler returned to the Patriots in 2017, and he had a self-described up-and-down season that culminated with Belichick's shocking decision not to play him on defense in Super Bowl LII.
Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune called New Orleans' interest in Butler "nothing new as the Saints hosted him on a visit last March while he was a restricted free agent".
An overlooked prospect in 2014 out of Division II West Alabama, he had been invited to New England for a tryout and earned a contract on the offseason 90-man roster nearly a month after the draft. This past season was his most uneven since taking over for Darrelle Revis as a starter, but he still played a team-high 97.8 percent of defensive snaps and led all Patriots defenders with 12 pass breakups. That offseason, the Patriots signed corner Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million contract.