The one-year tender will pay Butler $3.91 million for the 2017 season, which represents a bargain for a cornerback that has played at a top-10 level at his position over the last two seasons. Butler could theoretically sign an offer sheet with another team that the Patriots would have to match, but any interested team would have to give up a first-round pick to nab Butler.
Butler wrote one of the most surprising endings in Super Bowl history in 2015, but his second act as a pro has been even more impressive. He went from a No. 4 cornerback on his own team as a rookie to a Pro Bowler in his second season and kept up his physical style of play in 2016.