This is the one that I am the most curious about. Over the last three years Malcolm Butler has played against New York Jets new head coach Adam Gase five times and he has done well in those matchups.
Right now the starting cornerbacks for the New York Jets are Trumaine Johnson and Brian Poole. Trumaine Johnson is a boundary player, but Poole is a slot specialist which means they really don’t have anything close to a proven boundary corner on the roster.
I think Butler finished the season really well and if the Titans end up starting him as the third cornerback in their lineup I have absolutely no problem with it. However, this is the trade that would likely bring them back the best pick/player.
Not only that, but it would help the Titans cap situation too which is a theme in all of these articles.
Is he perfect for every defense? No, probably not but in an ultra aggressive Gregg Williams defense he makes a lot of sense. Send heavy blitzes and let him jump routes and bad passes, don’t expect that he can cover for extended periods of time because that isn’t really what he does best.
The Jets front-seven is far from great, but they are trying to improve. In the mean time they are going to have to manufacture pressure which feeds right into what Williams and Butler do best. On paper it is just a really interesting fit.