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Is 2-time Super Bowl winner Malcolm Butler still playing football?

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New England Patriots Victory Parade

Malcolm Butler is best remembered for his game-winning play against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. He ensured a victory for the New England Patriots with a touchdown-preventing interception against the Seahawks.

The cornerback, who started his career with the Patriots, went on to play for the Tennessee Titans and then the Arizona Cardinals. He was later released by the franchise after announcing his retirement.

In an intriguing turn of events, though, he came out of retirement in March 2022.

Is Malcolm Butler still playing football?

Malcolm Butler got fans excited when he came out of retirement and signed a two-year contract with the New England Patriots. However, in a dramatic turn of events, he was released just nine days after signing a new contract with the team that drafted him.

The #Patriots have released CB Malcolm Butler from IR with an injury settlement. He’s now a free agent. #Giants did the same with WR Robert Foster.

Once again a free agent, there is still belief that Butler will return. But his recent injury setback will certainly cast some doubt over teams that could potentially want to add him to their roster.

Why did the Patriots let go of Malcolm Butler?

Malcolm Butler was set to make a return to the NFL with a second stint with the New England Patriots.

Los Angeles Chargers v Tennessee Titans
Los Angeles Chargers v Tennessee Titans

Things took a turn for the worse though as he soon got placed on the injured/reserve list by the Patriots on August 16. Nine days later, he was released. Butler’s exact injury is unknown, but rumors suggest that it was a hip issue that sidelined the two-time Super Bowl champion.

Malcolm Butler’s Fantasy Performance

Malcolm Butler is a favorite among New England Patriots fans, thanks to his game-winning interception off Russell Wilson’s pass in the dying seconds of Super Bowl XLIX. He later enjoyed three successful seasons with the Tennessee Titans before signing for the Cardinals in 2021. He was set to make a comeback with the Patriots, but with him now being cut, his utility as a fantasy option is questionable.

Oh hey it’s Malcolm Butler’s first playoff interception since... https://t.co/FNSkzMpeQO

Butler's injury will likely see him miss the entirety of the current NFL campaign. Malcolm Butler is no longer a feasible fantasy pick. You can still use some of these quirky Malcolm Butler fantasy team names though to impress your friends:

  1. The Butler Did It
  2. Malcolm Butler’s Ghost
  3. Malcolm in the Middleton
  4. Russell Wilson’s Butler
  5. I can’t believe it’s Butler

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Edited by Shivayan Roy
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