Tennessee Titans release veteran CB Malcolm Butler, clear $10.2 million in cap space

Chris Thomas
Nashville Tennessean
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The best player on one of the worst Tennessee Titans defensive backfields in memory will not return to the franchise next season. 

Malcolm Butler, who spent the past three seasons in Tennessee, has been released by the Titans, according to multiple reports Tuesday. 

Butler's release will clear $10.2 million in cap space, according to ESPN

Butler came to Nashville in 2018 on a five-year, $61.25 million deal, according to Spotrac. Before that, he spent three seasons in New England, where he made one of the most famous plays in NFL  history — a goal-line, game-winning interception against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. 

Butler was a capable defender for the Titans during his tenure. In 2020, he was the leader of one of the worst secondary units in the NFL, as the Titans ranked near the bottom of the league in every pass defense category. 

Chris Thomas is the South Region sports director of the USA Today Network, based at The Tennessean in Nashville, Tenn. Contact him at cdthomas@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter @bychristhomas.

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