Former Tennessee Titans and current Arizona Cardinals cornerback Malcolm Butler is reportedly mulling retirement, as he’s dealing with an undisclosed “personal situation,” according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
“I have been told throughout the day from multiple sources that he is going to through a personal situation right now,” Garafolo reported on NFL Total Access. “And part of that situation led him to be away from the facility within the last week for a period of time, and he is still trying to work his way through that and that, right now, retirement or stepping away from the game is on the table for Malcolm Butler.”
Butler, who spent three seasons with the Titans from 2018 through 2020 before being cut earlier this offseason, signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Cardinals in free agency.
The veteran was set to make his Cardinals debut in Week 1 against the Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
Breaking news from @NFLTotalAccess: #AZCardinals CB Malcolm Butler is dealing with a personal situation that has him mulling retirement, sources tell me. pic.twitter.com/GIo6j7MRQX
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 30, 2021
In 2020, Butler was easily the Titans’ best cornerback and showed he has plenty left in the tank at 31, but with the team needing to free up money thanks to limited cap space, Tennessee decided to let him go.
Whatever Butler is going through, we wish him the best.