Immediately after the game, Butler tearfully told ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss that the Patriots "gave up" on him, and nearly as quickly, rumors - all false - began to crop up that Butler's benching was a punishment. The soon-to-be free-agent cornerback intends to sign with the Tennessee Titans when contracts can become official on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Robinson signed cornerback Logan Ryan as a free agent a year ago. Other teams, such as the Detroit Lions, also were hot on Butler's trail in free agency.
Lewis was featured in a crowded Patriots backfield but was unlikely to sign a lucrative deal should he chosen to stay in New England.
The cornerback was well-respected in the Patriots' locker room and played last season under a $3.9 million tender offer.
Butler struggled in coverage at times in 2017, but still finished the year with 60 tackles, 12 passes defensed, and a pair of interceptions in 15 regular season games for the Patriots.
After winning the Heisman Trophy and setting SEC single-season records for rushing yards and touchdowns for Alabama's CFP national-championship team in 2015, Henry joined Tennessee in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Lewis had the best campaign of his five National Football League seasons in 2017, when he ran for 896 yards and six touchdowns on 180 carries and caught 32 passes for 314 yards and three TDs for the Patriots.
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