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Cardinals cornerback Malcolm Butler mulling retirement after dealing with personal situation, per report – CBS Sports

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An important free agent addition of the Arizona Cardinals is reportedly considering retirement after dealing with a personal issue this offseason. On Monday, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported that cornerback Malcolm Butler is dealing with a “personal situation,” and that stepping away from the game is “on the table.”

Garafolo says multiple sources have told him Butler has been away from the facilities over the last week as he is still trying to work his way through whatever issue he is facing. Butler signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals this offseason that is worth $3.25 million to make up for the loss of Patrick Peterson. He will of course be remembered as the hero of Super Bowl XLIX for the New England Patriots, as he picked off Russell Wilson at the goal line with just seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. 

Butler spent the last three seasons with the Tennessee Titans, and the 31-year-old turned in one of his best seasons in 2020. In 16 games played, he recorded a career-high 100 combined tackles, 14 passes defensed and four interceptions. The Titans were forced to part ways with him this offseason due to the falling cap number.

Naturally, not much information was given on what Butler is going through, but the team hopes he will be able to work through the situation in a successful manner, or another cornerback on their depth chart will be asked to step up. Byron Murphy Jr. is slated as a starter, with Robert Alford, Marco Wilson and Daryl Worley behind him. 

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