Adam Butler
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Butler with the Patriots in 2017.
Personal information
Born: (1994-04-12) April 12, 1994 (age 28)
Duncanville, Texas
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:295 lb (134 kg)
Career information
High school:Duncanville
(Duncanville, Texas)
Position:Defensive end
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2021
Total tackles:113
Forced fumbles:1
Pass deflections:12
Player stats at

Adam Oneal Butler (born April 12, 1994) is an American football defensive end who is a free agent. He played college football at Vanderbilt.

Early years

Butler, a descendant of the children's rights campaigner Edna Gladney, attended Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas. He was a two-time captain of the Duncanville Panthers football team, earning MVP honors his senior season.[1]

College career

Butler attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. After redshirting his freshman year, Butler became a prominent member of the Vanderbilt Commodores defense. Butler played four seasons for Vanderbilt, accumulating 113 total tackles, 10 sacks, two blocked PATs, and one defensive touchdown.[2]

Professional career

New England Patriots

Butler signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2017.[3] After impressing in the Patriots' training camp and preseason that summer, he earned a spot on the Patriots' 53-man roster.[4] He was active for the Patriots' regular season home opener, seeing 21 snaps and recording a tackle in a 42–27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.[5] The Patriots made it to Super Bowl LII, but came up short to the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 41–33 with Butler recording 1 tackle. The Patriots made it back to the Super Bowl during the 2018 season where they defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13–3 in Super Bowl LIII.[6] In week 2 of the 2019 season against the Miami Dolphins, Butler recorded 2 sacks as the Patriots won 43–0.[7] In week 8 against the Cleveland Browns, Butler recorded a team high 2 sacks on Baker Mayfield in the 27–13 win.[8]

Butler re-signed on a one-year restricted free agent contract with the Patriots on April 17, 2020.[9]

Miami Dolphins

On March 18, 2021, Butler signed a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.[10] On August 2, 2022, Butler was released because of a failed physical.[11]


  1. ^ "Adam Butler (profile)". Archived from the original on September 10, 2017. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  2. ^ "Adam Butler (profile)". Archived from the original on September 10, 2017. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "Patriots Sign Sixth-Round Draft Pick Conor McDermott; Sign 19 Rookie Free Agents". May 5, 2017. Archived from the original on May 12, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Kyed, Doug (September 6, 2017). "How Patriots Rookie Adam Butler Found Out He Made Initial 53-Man Roster". Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  5. ^ Reiss, Mike (September 9, 2017). "Mike Gillislee's usage shows how he's Patriots' top option as power RB". Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Super Bowl season a ringing endorsement for Patriots' Butler - Sports - the Herald News, Fall River, MA - Fall River, MA". Archived from the original on February 17, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "Newcomer Brown scores as Patriots beat Dolphins 43–0". September 15, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "Belichick wins 300th, perfect Patriots beat Browns 27–13". October 27, 2019. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "Patriots Sign Restricted Free Agent DL Adam Butler". April 17, 2020. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  10. ^ "Miami Dolphins Sign DL Adam Butler". March 18, 2021.
  11. ^ "Roster Move: Dolphins release Butler". August 2, 2022.