Butler is a restricted free agent who could still theoretically draw an offer sheet from another team by Friday's deadline. In fact, Butler had to sign his $3.91 million tender before he could be traded. It's no secret that the Saints are looking to improve their secondary, but New England seems unlikely to part with one of their top defensive backs for anything less than a first-round selection. They even hosted him for a visit, but Sean Payton made it clear that they wouldn't sign Butler as a free agent because they didn't want to give up their first-round pick to the Patriots. But until that time, it appears that the Patriots and Butler are far enough apart that he won't be joining the team for any work that is not required of him.
The Patriots now hold no first or second-round selections in the upcoming draft, but the Saints have shown interest in Butler, brining him in for a visit earlier in free agency.
"Anything that we do, we're always going to do what we think is in the best interest of our football team, and that's how we approach it", Caserio said, via The Boston Herald.
The 27-year-old has spent the past three years in New England, starting every game in the last two.
Butler, now 27, intercepted Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at the goal line in the final minutes of the Super Bowl to secure the victory and the 2014 National Football League title for the Patriots. He was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2015 season.