Bill Belichick talked to Malcolm Butler; reason for Super Bowl benching still unclear

Bill Belichick still isn’t budging with Malcolm Butler.

As the NFL’s Annual Meeting kicked off in Orlando, Fla., the Patriots coach on Sunday addressed the drama surrounding the Pro Bowl cornerback and why he didn’t play in the team’s Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.

Despite the controversy, Butler insisted he has no hard feelings toward his former team.

I’ll always have love for New England, Butler said. From the custodians to Belichick, all the way to Mr. Kraft, I love those guys, my teammates. I like everything about New England, especially the fans. Those fans, they really had love for me and they still do. I will always remember where I came from, and I never could forget.

Foles threw for 373 yards and three scores while also catching a touchdown pass as he led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl win in franchise history with a 41-33 victory over the Patriots, a performance that earned him MVP honors. He has one season left on his current contract and is expected to resume his backup role when Carson Wentz returns from a knee injury, but that doesn’t mean his value is overlooked.

He’s still on the team because he’s an incredibly valuable player for the Philadelphia Eagles, Roseman said. When you talk about the position and what’s gone on, you’ve seen the free-agent market and the trade market. We’re in the business of making sure we get the right value for the player.

And what our value is for the player is going to stick. …We feel very confident [about] what his value is to our football team and, really, throughout the rest of the league. There was obviously interest in Nick Foles because Nick Foles has been tremendously productive in a Philadelphia Eagles uniform.

Detroit opened the scoring 7:13 into the game when Zetterberg threw the puck toward the Islanders’ net from the side boards and it deflected off Tavares past Greiss.

The Islanders tied it 3:51 into the second period as Ladd took a feed from Cal Clutterbuck in the slot and zipped a quick shot by Coreau on the glove side.

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