Butler confirmed the news on his Twitter account:
Its been real New England. I was blessed to have a chance to play and start my NFL career here. But its time to open a new chapter. Thx #patsnation
The Patriots second-round pick in 2009, Butler was expected to start in 2010, but lost his job after the second game of the season. He had started five games and played in 14 in the 2009 season.
Pats Pulpit reacts to Butler's release with high hopes for him, just not with New England.
Butler represented one of the last players of the Patriots' opportunistic defense of the mid-decade and wasn't the right piece for the current defense. His athletic skill set never matched the physicality required of the new-image defense that Bill Belichick has been crafting the past couple seasons. Butler should find himself on another team very quickly; unfortunately, it won't be the Patriots.
In two seasons with New England, the UConn graduate has 58 tackles and three interceptions.
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