Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said Sunday his comments about free agent Jose Bautista last month were “blown out of proportion.”
Duquette told Toronto’s Sportsnet Radio 590 The Fan in early December that the Orioles had no interest in signing the former Blue Jays slugger.
“We told [Bautista’s] agent that we are not interested because our fans don’t like him,” Duquette said at the time. “Our fans don’t like Jose Bautista, with good reason.”
New England seems ready to part with Butler, as his name was rumored in trade talks with the Saints for Brandin Cooks. At that time, Butler told ESPN about his future, “I’m just going [with] the flow. I can’t tell the future. I’m just a CB. I’m not a GM.”
Of course it’s not as easy as Butler would hope. He’s a restricted free agent with a first-round tender which means if another teams wants to sign them, they would have to give a first-round draft pick to the Patriots. Considering the Pats just gave up a first rounder to the Saints, they wouldn’t mind losing Butler in order to gain an early pick back.
If Butler’s agent can’t find a team to sign his client then he’d have to sign his tender and remain in New England for a 2017 salary of $3.91 million, which is a lot less than he’s asking for.
The Saints also gained a third-round pick — for a fourth-round pick — from the Patriots in this year’s draft, so even if New Orleans winds up with Butler it will still have four picks in the first three rounds.
New Orleans is in desperate need of cornerbacks, but is Butler worth the price?
The 27-year-old has proven himself as one of the top 10 cornerbacks Minnesota Vikings Cheap Jerseys in the NFL over his three years in the league. With 130 tackles, six interceptions and 32 passes deflected in the last two seasons, Butler would be an ideal No. 1 corner in the Saints’ man-coverage scheme.
The Saints would likely target a linebacker with the No. 32 pick should they sign Butler.