This could be a life-altering week for Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler.

According to a source, several teams have expressed interest in the high-profile restricted free agent. However, Butler thought he would be a “Patriot for life,” and his preference is unquestionably to make it work with the team that plucked him out of West Alabama and aided his ascension in the league.

But if another team offers Butler a fair-market deal, he’ll jump at the opportunity to get paid. The 27-year-old learned a hard lesson about the business side of the NFL last week when the Patriots signed cornerback Stephon Gilmore, so Butler now will prioritize his finances more than ever.

As a restricted free agent, Butler can sign an offer sheet with another team until April 21, and the Patriots would have five days to match. If the Patriots decline to match the offer sheet, they’ll recoup that team’s first-round draft pick in 2017.