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Former Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler retires

Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson at the end of Super Bowl XLIX.Barry Chin

The Arizona Cardinals placed former Patriots Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler on the reserve/retired list on Tuesday, potentially signaling the end of his seven-year career.

NFL Network reported Monday that Butler was mulling retirement because of a “personal situation.”

The 31-year-old cornerback signed a $6 million, one-year deal with the Cardinals during the offseason and appeared in line to become one of the team’s starting cornerbacks.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury didn’t say much about Butler’s absence on Tuesday, but acknowledged he hadn’t talked to the cornerback. He said Butler’s future “remains to be seen.”

After starting his career in New England, Malcolm Butler spent time with the Titans.Eric Christian Smith

A few hours later, Butler was placed on reserve/retired list, which opened up a spot on the roster for another player.


Butler is best known for one of the most stunning plays in Super Bowl history. As a rookie for the Patriots in 2014, he intercepted a pass from the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson at the goal line with 26 seconds left, securing the Patriots’ 28-24 win.

Butler was a Pro Bowl selection for the Patriots the following year and started four seasons for the franchise, helping New England win another Super Bowl after the 2016 season.

He played three years with the Tennessee Titans before signing with the Cardinals. Kingsbury had been complimentary of Butler during training camp and there was no indication the cornerback was having problems.

Butler has 17 interceptions in 100 games, including 84 starts.

Saints making plans

The Saints are investigating the possibility of remaining in the Dallas area for up to a month and opening their regular season against Green Bay in the Cowboys’ home stadium, coach Sean Payton said.

While the Superdome appears to have been spared significant damage from Hurricane Ida, there are logistical challenges with staffing an NFL game there in the near future because of the widespread damage in the New Orleans area.


The Caesars Superdome, seen here earlier this week, was apparently spared the wrath of Hurricane Ida.STAFF PHOTO BY MAX BECHERER/Associated Press

Many residents have evacuated and officials have advised them not to return for at least another several days while roadways are cleared and widespread damage to power lines is repaired. Some neighborhoods are expected to be without power for weeks.

“There’s a chance that, if our stadium is not ready to host the Packers in Week 1, where might that game be?” Payton said. “That game could very well be right here at AT&T Stadium. We’ve got enough fans in this area and Houston, certainly from northern Louisiana, that we think that would be something that’s very realistic.”

Bakhtiari on PUP list

The Packers won’t have David Bakhtiari for the start of the season as the All-Pro left tackle continues his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Bakhtiari’s agent, Mark Humenik, confirmed that Bakhtiari will begin the season on the physically unable to perform list. The designation means Bakhtiari won’t be available for at least the first six weeks. That leaves reigning MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers without the player who has protected his blind side for the last nine seasons … The Chiefs placed offensive lineman Kyle Long, who came out of retirement only to break his tibia at the start of camp, on the PUP list … The Jets traded tight end Chris Herndon along with a 2022 sixth-round draft pick to the Vikings for a fourth-rounder in next year’s draft. Herndon was taken in the fourth round in 2018 out of Miami and had a promising rookie season, catching 39 passes for 502 yards and four touchdowns. But he never quite became the consistent and reliable playmaker New York was hoping for … The Broncos traded rising wide receiver Trinity Benson to the Lions for 2022 fifth- and seventh-round draft picks. The Lions also receive the Broncos’ sixth-round selection in 2023.


Raiders cut receiver Brown

John Brown was let go by the Raiders.Jed Jacobsohn/Associated Press

The Raiders cut speedy receiver John Brown after signing him this offseason to replace Nelson Agholor, who signed with the Patriots. Brown had $3.24 million guaranteed on the one-year deal but fell behind Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, and Zay Jones on the depth chart … The Eagles released wide receiver Travis Fulgham, who had an excellent five-game stretch last season before disappearing from the offense. Veteran running back Jordan Howard also was cut by Philadelphia … The Ravens released quarterback Trace McSorley, leaving Tyler Huntley as the backup to Lamar Jackson …The Panthers cut quarterback Will Grier, a third-round pick in 2019. Carolina is going with Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker as its quarterbacks, for now … The Falcons kept backup quarterbacks Josh Rosen and Feleipe Franks. Rosen, a former first-round pick by Arizona, survived the cuts one week after signing with Atlanta and playing in only one preseason game … The Browns surprisingly released wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge, who had a solid preseason, catching two touchdown passes in the past two games … The Lions left themselves without a kicker, releasing Randy Bullock and Zane Gonzalez … The Titans cut wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, a fourth-round pick. Tennesse traded up 15 spots to No. 109, swapping their fifth-round pick and seventh-rounder for the receiver, who struggled with dropped passes … The 49ers cut several veterans, including running back Wayne Gallman, receiver Travis Benjamin, safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix, cornerback Dontae Johnson, and tight ends Jordan Matthews and MyCole Pruitt … The Bills released quarterbacks Jake Fromm and Davis Webb … The Bengals released a pair of 2020 Week 1 starters: guard Michael Jordan and defensive tackle Mike Daniels.