The NFL season is almost here with the regular-season opener less than two weeks away. With that, the rosters are being trimmed down and cuts and trades are being made across the NFL. But, the Arizona Cardinals might have a big surprise heading their way regarding talented cornerback Malcolm Butler.
According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Butler is considering retirement as he deals with a personal situation.
Breaking news from @NFLTotalAccess: #AZCardinals CB Malcolm Butler is dealing with a personal situation that has him mulling retirement, sources tell me. pic.twitter.com/GIo6j7MRQX
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 30, 2021
This would be a huge shock and first things first are the health and concern for Butler and whatever he is going through during this time.
Butler signed with the Cardinals in the offseason after spending his career with the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans, and the Cardinals were excited to bring his veteran presence on board for the 2021 NFL season.
The former Super Bowl champion has been away from the Cardinals facility all week, and it remains to be seen if–or when– he returns. If Butler retires, it would be a massive blow to the Arizona secondary, even if Butler isn't the player he once was in his days with the Patriots.
#Cardinals CB Malcolm Butler, the former #Patriots Super Bowl hero, is mulling retirement, per @MikeGarafolo. Butler has been dealing with a personal situation and has been away from the facility for the last week.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 30, 2021
Of course, Butler is famous for the interception that sealed the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks in the play that probably should have been a Marshawn Lynch run.
Five years ago today, rookie Malcolm Butler sealed the Patriots' fourth Super Bowl with this incredible goal-line interception 🤯
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 1, 2020
More details to come as we await the final word about Butler's future in the NFL.