The big news out of New England is that Malcolm Butler has finally signed his 1st round tender meaning that he will remain a Patriot for the 2017 season. That is assuming the numerous Butler trade rumors that have been reported over the last couple of weeks have ultimately been much ado about nothing.
While Butler’s return (fingers crossed) is certainly huge news, the Patriots have also reportedly made a couple of minor roster moves near the 5 o’clock hour.
First, the Patriots have cut guard Tre’ Jackson who was selected in the 4th round of the 2015 draft. Jackson played in 13 games, starting 9, during his rookie campaign but missed the entirety of the 2016 season due to a knee injury. The further development of Shaq Mason as well as the surprise emergence of rookie Joe Thuney at the guard positions is likely what made Jackson expendable.
TE Matt Lengel will return to the team as he has signed his exclusive rights free agent tender. In the 2016 season, Lengel was most known for catching an 18 yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the Week 16 rout of the NY Jets, prompting this more than appropriate reaction from Lengel’s brother on Twitter-
MY BROTHER JUST CAUGHT A TD FROM BRADY!
— Mike Lengel (@MikeLengel) December 24, 2016
The 6’7 266 pound Lengel will likely be competing for a roster spot with equally big 6’6 280 pound Michael Williams for a roster spot.