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The 5 O’Clock Club: The curious case of Malcom Butler

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The 5 o’clock club aims to provide a forum for reader-driven discussion at a time of day when there isn’t much NFL news being published. Feel free to introduce topics that interest you in the comments below.

All is not well in the Dark Empire.

This from Malcom Butler after the Dark Lord decided not to play him on defense in Super Bowl LII:

Butler was surprisingly left on the bench when the defense was on the field in Sunday’s 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII. Patriots coach Bill Belichick called it a football decision at halftime, saying he “made the decisions that give us the best chance to win.”

Belichick reiterated that after the game, saying it was not a disciplinary action. Butler was sick at the start of the week, but did not appear on the Patriots’ final injury report of the week.

They gave up on me. F—. It is what it is,” Butler Mike Reiss of “I don’t know what it was. I guess I wasn’t playing good or they didn’t feel comfortable. I don’t know. But I could have changed that game.”

Once players are in the Belichick doghouse, they usually don’t stay on the team for long.


The Redskins are suddenly in need of a cornerback. Should they try to acquire Butler from the Patriots?

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  • 44%
    (465 votes)
  • 27%
    (287 votes)
  • 28%
    (297 votes)
1049 votes total Vote Now


Should the Redskins try to sign Vernon Davis’ brother, Vontae Davis, released by the Colts mid-season in 2017?

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  • 49%
    (419 votes)
  • 50%
    (427 votes)
846 votes total Vote Now


What’s the best way for the Redskins to fill out their cornerback unit?

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  • 5%
    Stand pat with the players currently on the roster
    (53 votes)
  • 15%
    Re-sign Breeland, even if it takes $8 to $10m per year
    (152 votes)
  • 9%
    Sign a veteran free agent from another team or trade for a veteran player
    (97 votes)
  • 24%
    Draft a talented college player
    (243 votes)
  • 44%
    One free agent + one draft pick
    (442 votes)
987 votes total Vote Now