NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Titans released cornerback Malcolm Butler on Tuesday three years into the five-year deal he signed in March 2018, according to his agent Derek Simpson.
Butler signed for more than $60 million in March 2018 after leaving New England as a free agent. Releasing Butler is expected to save the Titans more than $10 million against the salary cap as they try to create space for free agency.
The release came shortly after the Titans traded troubled offensive tackle and former first-round pick, Isaiah Wilson, to the Dolphins, as first reported by NFL Network.
Tennessee received Miami’s seventh-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft in exchange for Wilson and the Titans’ seventh-round selection in 2022. The trade also meant the team will rid itself from the final three years of Wilson’s fully guaranteed rookie contract and forfeit $1.8 million in salary cap this season due to the trade of the player they selected no. 29 overall last spring.