TEMPE, Ariz. – Cardinal’s cornerback Malcolm Butler was put on the reserve / retirement list Tuesday afternoon, the day after a report surfaced saying he was dealing with a personal situation and was considering retirement.
Butler wasn’t training the Cardinals on Tuesday morning, and head coach Kliff Kingsbury didn’t want to talk about Butler’s situation during his post-practice press conference. When asked for the latest about Butler, he said, “It remains to be seen” and reiterated that nothing was official in the morning.
“I don’t want to go into how to go about this,” said Kingsbury. “As I said, nothing is official.
Butler signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals in late March after being fired from the Tennessee Titans. He was brought to Arizona to replace Patrick Peterson as the Cardinals’ top cornerback. With Butler now retiring, Arizona rookie Marco Wilson could start, move third year corner Byron Murphy Jr. out of the slot, or add another cornerback through Trade, Waivers, or Free Agency.
Kingsbury said there was “no question” that Wilson, a former Florida star, could start week 1 if necessary. “I mean, we feel really good about our position,” said Kingsbury.
Butler, two-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, took to the stage as his interception of a Russell-Wilson pass in the end zone sealed a Patriots win against the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLIX.
The 31-year-old butler was selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl and named second-team all-pro in 2016. He spent three seasons with the Titans after signing a five-year contract for $ 61.25 million in 2018 for 17 interceptions in his career, including the four best of his career last season.