Malcolm Butler and Richard Sherman are still in place with their respective teams. For now.
Butler signed his one-year restricted free agent tender that carries a salary of $3.91 million to remain with the Patriots. New England is still willing to trade the three-year cornerback, according to ESPN.com. Butler was the hero of Super Bowl who has been part of two Super Bowl championship teams.
Possible trade partners include the Saints and Browns, with the cornerback-hungry Saints looming as the favorites.
Should that trade happen, the Patriots could potentially get back the first-round pick they sent to New Orleans in exchange for wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
While Butler is in New England for the time being, Sherman did not head to the Seahawks training facility for their offseason workout program. The workouts are voluntary and Sherman does have a workout bonus for this year included in his contract. The Seahawks are open to trading the four-time Pro Bowler, but have not budged on their asking price of a first- and third-round pick.
As next week's draft approaches, Butler and Sherman will be the focus on increasing trade chatter. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo said during a Tuesday broadcast that a trade might not happen until the draft actually begins on April 27.
Neither Butler nor Sherman are obligated to report to their respective team facility until June's mandatory minicamps.