The Tennessee Titans are freeing up $10.2 million by releasing starting cornerback Malcolm Butler, a league source confirmed.
Butler's release comes three years after he signed a five-year, $61 million contract with the club after having been with the New England Patriots.
Butler's first season in Tennessee in 2018 had some rough spots, but he settled down over his final two years with the Titans and was their best cornerback last season as Adoree' Jackson was hampered by a knee injury and missed the first 13 games of the regular season.
Butler had four interceptions in 2020 for the Titans and had nine picks over his three years in Tennessee.
The release of Butler leaves Jackson and 2020 second-round pick Kristian Fulton as the likely starters for now in 2021. The Titans could still address in the position in the draft, as they currently have only Chris Jackson, Breon Borders and Kareem Orr as potential depth options.
The Titans could address the cornerback position in both the draft and free agency.
Butler spent his first four seasons with the Patriots, and is most famous for his goal-line interception of Russell Wilson in Super Bowl XLIX against Seattle that preserved New England's win.