Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium.  Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler signed his restricted free agent tender Tuesday, reports ESPN’s Field Yates, who also noted a potential trade is still “on the table.”

The ramifications of this are potentially massive. With the tender signed, the Patriots can trade Butler, who was previously rumored to be going to the New Orleans Saints (more on that here).

Talks had previously stalled. But Butler, who wanted more money than the tender, may push for a trade. With the draft next week, there may not be a better time of year for a move to coalesce.

On the other hand, should Butler stay in New England, they likely have one of the best secondaries in the league. He and free agent signing Stephon Gilmore make up a formidable tandem at corner with Pro-Bowl safety Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon and slot corner Eric Rowe filling out the rest. That has scary potential should it come to fruition.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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31 defensive players for the New England Patriots have made the NFL Pro Bowl in the Super Bowl era. How many of these defensive stars can you name?

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6/1976-1982
Mike Haynes
5/2001-2008
Richard Seymour
5/2008-2015
Matt Slater
5/1982-1993
Andre Tippett
5/2004-2014
Vince Wilfork
4/1995-2004
Ty Law
4/1996-2002
Lawyer Milloy
3/1977-1989
Raymond Clayborn
3/1974-1987
Steve Nelson
2/2001-2008
Larry Izzo
2/2008-2015
Jerod Mayo
2/2010-2016
Devin McCourty
2/1994-2005
Willie McGinest
2/2007-2010
Brandon Meriweather
2/1983-1992
Johnny Rembert
1/1971-1987
Julius Adams
1/1996-2008
Tedy Bruschi
1/2014-2015
Malcolm Butler
1/2011-2013
Andre Carter
1/2013-2015
Jamie Collins
1/1976-1981
Tim Fox
1/2012-2016
Dont’a Hightower
1/2012-2015
Chandler Jones
1/1982-1991
Fred Marion
1/2014-2014
Darrelle Revis
1/2003-2007
Asante Samuel
1/1993-2000
Chris Slade
1/2012-2013
Aqib Talib
1/2001-2008
Mike Vrabel
1/1961-1971
Don Webb
1/1994-2000
Larry Whigham
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