3 unique cap saving moves the Tennessee Titans could make
By Will Lomas
3. Re-structure Malcolm Butler
After the 2020 season, Butler will be on a 2 year, $28.5 million deal with only $6 million of that money guaranteed.
Despite a rough start to his time with the Titans, Butler’s last 16 games have been outstanding and (even though people seem to forget) the difference when he was in the lineup was staggering.
The only Titans CBs that are returning with any real experience are Adoree Jackson and Butler, which means that it is very unlikely that Butler would be on the outs in 2020 even if it did give Tennessee a big bump in cap space (which it doesn’t).
However, I think that is the wrong way to look at it. Butler isn’t going to be cut, but he could be extended or at least re-structured.
Think about it, is there any way that the Titans are going to pick up two cornerbacks this offseason who are better instantly than Butler? No, it is incredibly unlikely that happens.
So then they aren’t going to cut him after this season anyway. Why not give Butler some more guaranteed money in 2021 when the cap will raise even more and save some cap room in 2020 while keeping one of your better defenders happy?
Seems like a win-win.