Adam Butler is one of a number of free agents who will become a free agent next month.
For Butler, 26, it will be the first time in his career that he's hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent, as last offseason he was restricted.
Appearing on the Two Minute Drill podcast, the defensive tackle shared his mindset.
“I’ve been very humbled by this experience,” Butler said, via Pats Pulpit. “I’ve seen a lot of guys come and go in the NFL. This has definitely helped me understand this is a privilege more so than it is a right. Wherever my opportunity shows up, or the best opportunity for me shows up, I’m definitely going to take it.”
The undrafted rookie has been pretty consistent over his four NFL seasons. He's totaled at least two sacks and at least 17 tackles all four years with his best year coming in 2019 when he had six sacks and 26 tackles.
“If it’s New England, that’s great,” Butler said. “I love New England. I love playing there. I’ve developed a lot of relationships with Coach Belichick, Mr. Kraft, and a lot of other people there. I love New England, but at the end of the day I think everybody just has to do what’s best for them. And that’s what I plan on doing.”
Butler likely will be able to get a decent contract on the open market, which could be more than the Patriots will be willing to go.
Time will tell, but as of now it feels like Butler and the Patriots could be parting ways.