After a few months of speculation, it looks like Patriots Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler is set to remain in Foxborough.
While nothing is set in stone, The Monday Morning Quarterback reports that the Saints, who have been linked to the New England cornerback throughout the offseason, are leaning against trading for Butler.
Butler, who recently signed his restricted free agent tender with the Pats, would likely require the Saints to give up one of their two first-round picks.
According to the MMQB, the Saints aren't interested in giving up any of their two first rounders, or their second-round pick, liking the depth of talent in the draft.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is hearing similar things, although he said that if a trade does occur, the Saints and Butler have an agreed-upon contract.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 24, 2017
With Butler remaining in New England, the defending champions will feature a defensive backfield of Butler, Stephon Gilmore, Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon and Eric Rowe, which is easily one of the best units in the league.