The Arizona Cardinals placed defensive back Malcolm Butler on the reserve / retiree list Tuesday afternoon, the team announced.
Butler missed a second straight practice on Tuesday amid reports the two-time Super Bowl champion is considering retiring for personal reasons.
NFL Network reported Monday night that Butler is going through a personal situation that has put the game aside on the table.
By placing Butler on the reserve / retiree roster, Arizona saved a spot on their roster on cut day and retained Butler’s rights should he decide to return to the league. Butler had yet to publicly comment on his intentions for the future.
The Cardinals signed Butler on a fully guaranteed, one-year, $ 3.25 million contract in the offseason to help heal the loss of All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson in free agency.
Butler, 31, was scheduled to start opposite Byron Murphy. Robert Alford is currently on the reserve / COVID-19 list. That leaves the Cardinals with rookies Marco Wilson and Tay Gowan as well as Luq Barcoo as cornerback as they prepare for their Week 1 game against Tennessee on September 12.
Butler has 17 career interceptions in 100 games (84 starts) with the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans, which cut Butler in the offseason in an economic move. He made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and won two Super Bowls with the Patriots.
It was on the Cardinals’ field in Glendale, Ariz., Where Butler made the most memorable play of his career: intercepting a Russell Wilson pass at the goal line in the closing minutes of Super Bowl XLIX. in 2015. She sealed the New England Patriots 28-24 Victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
In 2020, he clocked a career-high 100 tackles and recorded four interceptions and 14 assists defended for the Titans.
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