This is a 2020 photo of Kelvin Beachum of the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team.  This image reflects the Cardinals active roster as of 8/1/20 when this image was taken.  (Gene Lower, AP Photo)

Malcolm Butler

CB

#21

Experience: 8 years

Height: 5-11

Weight: 190 lbs

College: West Alabama

2021 SEASON

  • TCKLS
  • SCK
  • FF
  • INT
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Biography

NoteCARDS

  • A former undrafted free agent out of West Alabama, Butler enters his eighth NFL season in 2021. He signed with Arizona as a free agent on 3/25/21 following three seasons with Tennessee.
  • A two-time Pro Bowl selection, he has appeared in 100 regular season games (84 starts) and boasts 17 INTs, 390 tackles, 84 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Has also played in 12 playoff games and has 42 tackles, 10 passes defensed and two INTs.
  • As a rookie in 2014, was responsible for one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history in the Patriots 28-24 victory vs. Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX at State Farm Stadium. He sealed the Patriots victory by intercepting Russell Wilson's pass intended for Ricardo Lockette in the New England end zone with 26 seconds left to play.
  • Joins Janoris Jenkins and Marcus Peters as the only players in the NFL with multiple INTs in each of the last six seasons (2015-20).
  • Has led his team in passes defensed in five of the last six seasons (2015-17 w/ Patriots; 2018, 2020 w/ Titans). Only exception was in 2019 when he was limited to nine games due to injury.
  • Since becoming a full-time starter in 2015, Butler ranks sixth in the NFL with 79 passes defensed behind only Darius Slay (88), Marcus Peters (86), Janoris Jenkins (85), Stephon Gilmore (82) and Ronald Darby (81). 
  • Was the only player in the NFL in 2020 who recorded 100+ tackles and 4+ INTs.
  • Dating back to 2015, has five seasons (2015-18; 2020) with 60+ tackles, 2+ INTs and 12+ passes defensed. No other player in the NFL has more than three such seasons.
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