Malcolm Butler was not in attendance during last Thursday's Patriots OTA session that was open to the media at Gillette Stadium.
On Sunday, ESPNBoston.com reported that the Pro Bowl cornerback and former Super Bowl hero "has told teammates and friends he plans to push for an adjustment to his contract before the 2016 season."
Connecting those two circumstantial dots wouldn't be that difficult, but according to the Boston Herald Butler is expected to be in attendance for Patriots OTA workouts this week. The paper says that last Thursday's absence was not related to his contract situation as he plays out the final year of the deal he signed as an undrafted rookie out of West Alabama in 2014.
Butler is set to be a restricted free agent after this season.
The media does not have access to the Patriots OTA workouts this week which take place on Wednesday and Thursday, but will be back on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium for the team's mandatory mini-camp June 7-9.