By Kyle Schroeder – Contributing Writer
There had been reports throughout the past several weeks that the New Orleans Saints had strong interest in Malcolm Butler. When Butler signed his franchise tender on April 18, this opened up the possibility for Butler to be traded to New Orleans. With no other teams involved in discussions, it appeared to be the Saints or no trade at all. When the Saints drafted former Ohio State corner Marshon Lattimore with the 11th overall pick, and the first round ended without a trade, it all but confirmed that Malcolm Butler would remain in a Patriots uniform. Out of all the scenarios that could have played out on the first night of the NFL Draft as it relates to the Patriots, this was the best of them all.