Victor Butler chooses the Saints
Posted by Darin Gantt on March 28, 2013
The Victor Across America Tour has ended, as Cowboys outside linebacker Victor Butler has chosen a team.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Butler ended his free agent tour by picking the Saints.
Butler had also visited the Steelers, Browns and Eagles, but chose to reunite with Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Butler was an effective sub, with 11.0 sacks in four seasons, but he was stuck behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer in Dallas. The Saints can offer him more play-time, as they’re desperately looking for pass-rush help as they transition to a 3-4.
Having Butler around should help Ryan install his system as well.
kinda of where we all figured....
1. C.J. Mosley LB Alabama
2. Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
3. (comp) Philip Gaines CB Rice
4. Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
5. Ross Cockrell CB Duke
5. (comp) Derrick Hopkins DT Virginia Tech
6. Josh Mauro DE Stanford
6. (comp) Shaquil Barrett OLB Colorado State
7. Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska
I wonder what the money ended up being.
Victor Butler injury creates problem for Saints, NFL
Posted by Mike Florio on June 12, 2013
This was supposed to be linebacker Victor Butler’s chance to emerge from the shadows. Instead, he’ll stay there at least for another year.
Butler, expected to become a sack-happy outside linebacker in Rob Ryan’s defense with the Saints, tore an ACL on Tuesday after colliding knees with running back Mark Ingram.
While the contact in the supposedly non-contact practice wasn’t intentional, it still happened. And it raises questions about the tempo of these sessions. If the players are moving so quickly that one of them can tear an ACL simply via an accidental collision, they’re arguably moving too quickly, and practicing too intensely.
All players and teams would benefit from further guidance and negotiation from the league and the NFLPA. This year, too many players are suffering serious injuries during non-contact practices, and now the Saints have to scramble to replace Butler.
The current thinking is that Martez Wilson and Junior Galette will get more chances to shine. The Saints also could scan the waiver wire as rosters move from 90 to 53.
The Saints surely would prefer to have Butler. Every team needs to ask itself whether the benefit that arises from close-to-full-speed non-contact practices outweighs the risk of losing key players for the season. The league needs to ask itself whether the only way that will happen is via the application of limits that apply to everyone.
Looks like they shoulda signed Deebo when they had the chance.
Glad to see we didn't make the mistake of not signing Butler.
Round 1, Pick 25 (25): Artie Burns, CB; Miami
Round 2, Pick 27 (58 ): Sean Davis, S; Maryland
Round 3, Pick 26 (89): Javon Hargrave, DT; South Carolina State
Round 4, Pick 25 (123): Jerald Hawkins, OT; LSU
Round 6, Pick 45 (220) (Compensatory Selection): Travis Feeney, OLB; Washington
Round 7, Pick 8 (229) (From Giants): DeMarcus Ayers, WR; Houston
Round 7, Pick 25 (246): Tyler Matakevich, OLB; Temple
What a stupid inflammatory article. It wasn't non-contact--thats the bottom line. As if colliding knees couldn't happen at half-speed.
I'm just happy we will not ever hear after a game "if we would have signed Butler.....look what he did today......"
At least this happened after the draft, or else New Orleans may have drafted Jarvis Jones at #15 instead of Kenny Vaccaro.
1. CB Sidney Jones, Washington 6'0" 181
2. FS Budda Baker, Washington 5'10" 192
3. OLB Tyus Bowser, Houston 6'2" 244
4. ILB Connor Harris, Lindenwood 5'11 241
5. RB James Conner, Pittsburgh 6'2" 240
5c. TE Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas 6'5" 256
6. QB Chad Kelly, Mississippi 6'2" 224
7. WR Demore'ea Stringfellow, Mississippi 6'2" 212
7c. DE Collin Bevins, Northwest Missouri State 6'5" 286
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