Steelers to bring in OLB Victor Butler for a visit
By Neal Coolong on Mar 13 2013
A teammate of cornerback Keenan Lewis's at Oregon State, Butler was a fourth round pick in 2009, and has performed fairly well in his time with Dallas.
In an offseason that's seen the Steelers lose a third round pick from the 2009 draft (Mike Wallace) and their first round pick in 2008 (Rashard Mendenhall), they may be in position to take a young player off another team.
Cowboys outside linebacker Victor Butler, a fourth-round pick in 2009, is set to visit the Steelers, reported CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora via Twitter Wednesday.
La Canfora said "several teams" will be interested in Butler, who had three sacks and a forced fumble, appearing in all 16 of Dallas's games last season. Interest from other teams is intriguing, and while the Steelers have been fleeced out of a few of their new fourth-year free agents (with Keenan Lewis, a college teammate of Butler's at Oregon State), it's tantalizing to think about signing someone else's.
Butler saw limited duty with the Cowboys, considering the talent they have at outside linebacker. He provided decent pressure when he was in there, but there are some concerns about the level of run support he's able to provide.
The Steelers had Dan Connor in for a visit recently, but no contract materialized out of it. Butler would be the second, and would be in position to compete for a starting position with Jason Worilds, and fill in for LaMarr Woodley when he pulls a hamstring.
If we're looking for young players who played well in limited snaps, why not look at Larry Grant? Apparently Dan Connor didn't work out...
After letting Lewis walk for what seems like a cap friendly deal for the Saints, I hope we can land Butler. We need depth at OLB bad.
BTW, I found this description of Victor Butler on foxsportssouthwest...
Sounds good for a weakside 3-4 OLB...Butler is a very useful player. He is a speedy edge rusher and a great pursuit guy who seems to have a superior motor to just about anyone on the defense.
Gerry: Steelers shouldn't let Victor Butler leave without a contract Friday, 15 March 2013 10:05 Written by Gerry Dulac Former Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Victor Butler is visiting the Steelers today and they would be wise not to let him leave without his signature on a contract..
Not only is Butler being pursued by the Jets and the Saints, who have hired his former defensive coordinator in Dallas, Rob Ryan.
But he is a talented, up-and-coming outside edge rusher who just happened to be playing behind two Pro Bowlers with the Cowboys – DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer.
Butler is 6-foot-2, 245 pounds and was a pass-rush specialist with the Cowboys. If nothing else, he would give the Steelers more depth on the outside; more important, he would certainly push Jason Worilds to be the replacement for James Harrison on the right side.
This guys is the only legitimate player I heard so far that could help our team now and maybe in in the future. Sign him instead of bringing in often injured players like wells.
Last edited by supersteeler; 03-15-2013 at 01:57 PM.
Given the way things seem to be going this FA for the Steelers, grabbing a player like Butler would certainly not be a bad thing.
Not sure if they can financially, but if it's possible....they should certainly do their best to make it happen.
Schiavone's Race Career:
If you sign Butler...Which I am in favor of....You can pass on OLB inside the Top 4 rounds imo.
Retain Worilds or Sign Brandon Graham OLB
Sign FA RB (???)
1st Waynes CB/ Collins CB / Peters CB
2nd Eli Harold OLB
3rd Jesse James TE
4th Eric Rowe DB
5th Karlos Williams RB
6A Xavier Williams NT
6B Ray Drew DE
7th Max Garcia OL