Dion Lewis leaving Patriots to join Derrick Henry in Titans backfield

Patriots running back Dion Lewis finds a new home in Tennessee

Patriots running back Dion Lewis finds a new home in Tennessee

Butler's defection to Tennessee marks the second straight year that a Patriots cornerback will have left in free agency to join the Titans. In addition to Butler and Solder, Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis are also free agents.

Butler finished the 2017 season with 60 combined tackles, two interceptions and 12 passes defended. Three years later, he saw exactly one snap as his team was picked apart by Nick Foles in a 41-33 Super Bowl 52 defeat.

Butler went from Super Bowl hero in the XLIX victory to goat - of sorts - in the LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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While there is a lot of stability on the Patriots roster from 2017 to 2018, the few big names that could depart are impact players. Seattle Seahawks, Butler spent?four memorable years in New England that included notable highs and lows.

New head coach Mike Vrabel also has New England roots, and he knows he needs more from a defense that ranked 25th in passing yards allowed and 22nd in interception percentage. Devin McCourty served as the leader of the defensive backfield in each of Butler's campaigns in New England, and the star safety clearly was excited about the 28-year-old's new contract. That's close to the $40 million guaranteed that Stephon Gilmore received from the Patriots a year ago. It remains today unclear why Butler didn't play, but it was clear after that game that Butler and the Patriots would be parting ways.

After a few hours of Tennessee Titans fans beginning to lose their collective minds and doubting the front office, GM Jon Robinson made his first move of the offseason.

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