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.
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.
Steelers' 2013 NFL Draft Results
1 17 ( 17 ) Jarvis Jones, OLB; Georgia
2 16 ( 48 ) Le'Veon Bell, RB; Michigan State
3 17 ( 79 ) Markus Wheaton WR; Oregon State
4 14 ( 111 ) Shamarko Thomas, SS; Syracuse
4 18 ( 115 ) Landry Jones, QB; Oklahoma
5 17 ( 150 ) Terry Hawthorne, CB; Illnois
6 18 ( 186 ) Justin Brown, WR; Oklahoma
6 38 ( 206 ) Vince Williams, LB; Florida State
7 17 ( 223 ) Nick Williams, DT; Samford
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.