The New England Patriots are once again being dragged into controversy as of late. After earlier reports that the Patriots are interested in trading for cornerback Richard Sherman, latest news is now saying that they have quickly dropped their interest in him. Does it mean that they are locking up to re-sign Malcolm Butler in the coming days?

The New England Patriots are coming off a sensational performance last season. They were able to top the AFC division and beat out the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI to become the champion. But as their wonderful season come to an end, several players of the team will be heading the free agency market and one of those important players is cornerback Malcolm Butler.

Last month, the New England Patriots already tendered a $3.91 million contract to Malcolm Butler but up until now, he hasn't signed it. With rumors that Butler is expecting way more better offer, recent reports have linked the Patriots to cornerback Richard Sherman as an ideal replacement for Butler.

According to Boston Herald, the New England Patriots reportedly showed sign of interest to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman as possible substitute for Malcolm Butler. From the looks of it, Sherman is a plausible option for the Patriots based on his skill set which is comparable to Butler. Other also says that Sherman will be a great fit to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's system.

For the past months, the Seattle Seahawks are said to be actively shopping Richard Sherman to other teams that seem to be signifying that they are planning their future without him. And with the New England Patriots looking for an able cornerback in case they lose Malcolm Butler, Sherman would be the best target for them.

However, recent development is saying that the New England Patriots will not continue their interest on Richard Sherman and instead, will focus on working out a deal with Malcolm Butler. But there are reports that the Seattle Seahawks are asking for a high pick in the coming draft for Sherman leaving the Patriots with no other choice but to cut off the rumored deal.