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Darius Butler | Defensive Back | #20

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 188
College: Connecticut
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (41) / NE
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Colts DB Darius Butler said he's permanently moving to safety.
Butler said he asked to play more safety last season, and he got his wish as the year went on in 2016. Re-signed to a one-year deal in March, Butler figures to handle the "centerfielder" role as the free safety, with SS Clayton Geathers playing closer to the line. The Colts badly need a No. 2 corner. Apr 17 - 12:16 PM

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Colts re-signed DB Darius Butler to a one-year, $3 million contract.

With incentives, the deal carries a max value of $4.5 million. Butler flirted with the Bears and Redskins before deciding to stay put. The 30-year-old (he turns 31 Saturday) is a cornerback by trade but could be in the mix to start at free safety, where his biggest competition will come from 2016 second-round pick T.J. Green. New GM Chris Ballard has prioritized keeping talent in Indy by re-signing Jack Doyle, Robert Turbin and now Butler.
Mar 17 - 9:02 AM

Free agent DB Darius Butler is visiting the Redskins on Thursday.

Butler is gauging his market. The Colts have already said they'd like to re-sign Butler, while he also visited the Bears last Saturday. Butler can play either slot corner or safety and turns 31 this weekend.
Mar 16 - 11:37 AM

Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports the Colts are still interested in re-signing free agent DB Darius Butler.

"Don't close the door on him returning to the Colts just yet," Holder cautioned. Butler visited the Bears over the weekend, but he has not been linked with any other teams. The lack of interest could allow Indy to bring him back at a bargain.
Mar 14 - 11:08 AM

Free agent DB Darius Butler is visiting the Bears on Saturday.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports it is "the first of several scheduled trips." Butler has the ability to play in the slot but has said he is ready to transition full-time to safety. The Bears could use help at both spots.
Mar 11 - 9:09 AM

Impending free agent DB Darius Butler said he's ready to transition full-time to safety.

Butler received strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his coverage this season. Butler turns 31 in March and offers slot corner versatility. Moving to safety is a way to prolong his career as he enters his ninth NFL season.
Jan 4 - 11:19 AM

Colts CB Darius Butler (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 17.

At least according to Pro Football Focus' grades, Butler has been the Colts' best cornerback this year. With Allen Robinson moving around the formation more under Doug Marrone, Butler's absence upgrades Robinson's Week 17 matchup.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 01:52:00 PM

Colts CB Darius Butler is in the NFL's concussion protocol.

Butler should be able to play against the Jaguars if he gets medical clearance, but the Colts probably won't rush it with their 7-8 season down the tubes.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 04:36:00 PM

Colts CB Darius Butler (hand) has been upgraded to questionable for Week 6.

The Colts initially ruled out Butler. He didn't practice this week after having surgery on his broken finger. Butler is a game-time decision against Houston.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 06:01:00 PM

Colts CB Darius Butler will undergo surgery to repair a broken finger.

Butler has proven extremely injury-prone early in the season. He's already missed time with knee and hamstring injuries, and now this. Butler, the Colts' slot corner, is uncertain for Week 6, though we doubt he plays.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 07:20:00 PM

Colts CB Darius Butler (hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.

It puts him on track to return Sunday against Chicago. Butler has missed the Colts' last two games with a hamstring strain. The Colts cut ties with Antonio Cromartie earlier this week in anticipation of Butler's return.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 04:15:00 PM

Colts CB Darius Butler (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 4 against the Jaguars.

The good news for the Colts is they're getting much healthier on the back end. Vontae Davis made his season debut last week and Patrick Robinson is back from a concussion. Butler is the Colts' top slot corner.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 10:18:00 AM

Colts CB Darius Butler is "week to week" with a Grade 1 hamstring injury.

Grade 1 is the mildest kind of strain, but it still puts Butler's status in doubt for Week 3 against the Chargers. Butler is the Colts' slot cornerback.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 04:27:00 PM

Colts CB Darius Butler left Sunday's Week 2 game against the Broncos with a hamstring injury and will not return.

Butler pulled up on a second-quarter interception that would have been a sure pick-six. The Colts' secondary is a complete mess right now with Vontae Davis (ankle), Patrick Robinson (concussion) and now Butler all out with injuries.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 06:00:00 PM

Colts CB Darius Butler (ankle) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

Butler's return is great news for a team desperate for healthy bodies in the secondary. He will likely be listed as questionable, but Butler should be on track to play after practicing this early in the week.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 09:13:00 AM

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2Erik Swoope
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