Count another team in for the Malcolm Butler sweepstakes.
The Houston Texans have interest in the New England Patriots‘ restricted free-agent cornerback, and would be willing to trade a second-round pick if a long-term deal can be worked out, Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports reports.
It remains to be seen whether such an offer would be enough to bring in a player who was tendered at a first-round level heading into the offseason, and there is already some competition for his services.
Among the reported several teams with interest in Butler, the Saints are already scheduled for a visit this week.
The Patriots declining to match an offer sheet the former Super Bowl hero signs with another club would require that team to surrender a first-round pick. A trade under different terms would be possible if Butler first signs his tender.
Butler has emerged as a top-flight cover man over the past two seasons, recording six interceptions and 32 passes defensed while starting all 32 games.
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