NFL 2018 free agency rumors: Jets looking to sign Malcolm Butler

(Reuters/Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium.

With news swirling that Malcolm Butler will most likely be leaving the New England Patriots this offseason via free agency, a number of teams have been floated to show interest on the cornerback, and the latest club to emerge as frontrunner seems to be the New York Jets.

According to a Twitter post from Calvin Watkins of New York Newsday, the Jets are said to be looking into acquiring Butler's services, though mentioned that the deal will boil down to the contract's amount. "Hearing Jets will look into signing CB Malcolm Butler. With everything it's all about the price," wrote Watkins.

Moreover, CBS Boston also noted that if Butler does end up with the Jets this offseason, the dynamics in the AFC East will be shaken. Butler will get to face his former team and head coach Bill Belichick twice every season. Meanwhile, the chances of Butler returning to the Patriots is virtually zero, especially after the benching he received during Super Bowl LII, NESN noted. Furthermore, his 2017 season with New England was marked with inconsistency, though he still led his team in pass breakups and snaps played.

Interestingly, Butler's Superbowl benching came as a big surprise for fans and spectators. The 27-year-old cornerback has appeared in each and every game for the Patriots, a streak that dates back to the 2015 season, Metro reported.

Meanwhile, free agency rumors are also starting to heat up in Buffalo, as free agent running back Chris Ivory has reportedly met with the Bills on Monday. According to NBC Sports, Ivory was at One Bills Drive earlier this week and was also slate to meet with other NFL teams. The 30-year-old Ivory, who is known to be a strong and physical runner, was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.

For his career, he was able to rush 4,852 yards with a 4.4 yards per carry average. In addition, he also recorded 28 touchdowns and caught 94 passes. It will be interesting to see if the Bills will pull the trigger and sign Ivory during the offseason.