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Victor Butler | Linebacker

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 245
College: Oregon State
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Saints OLB Victor Butler (knee) has been a full participant in OTAs.
Butler is nearly a year removed from tearing his ACL in last season's minicamp. Still only 27 (in July), Butler was viewed as an ascendant pass rusher when the Saints snagged him with a two-year deal last offseason. He could start opposite Junior Galette in Rob Ryan's defense if he's back to full health. May 29 - 1:44 PM

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ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reports the team had "high hopes" for OLB Victor Butler before he tore his ACL last June.

Butler inked a two-year deal last March but missed the season. His return should give New Orleans' pass rush a jolt. Butler managed 11 sacks across four seasons in Dallas on very limited snaps behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. Butler's addition should allow DC Rob Ryan to play more odd fronts.
Source: ESPN.com
May 6 - 9:16 AM

Saints OLB Victor Butler could have voided the 2014 season on his contract by playing 57.5 percent of New Orleans' 2013 defensive downs.

Instead, Butler remains the Saints' property for $1.4 million after missing the entire season with a torn ACL. Still just 26 years old, Butler's healthy return could give DC Rob Ryan's defense a 2014 spark. He was a very efficient pass rusher in Dallas, despite playing limited snaps behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. The Saints need an explosive bookend for Junior Galette.
Feb 11 - 1:41 PM

Saints OLB Victor Butler (knee) hopes to be full go for OTAs.

"I don't want any limitations as far as going out there in OTAs and bonding with my teammates and earning their respect and their trust," Butler said Wednesday. The Saints' pass rush fared far better than expected this season, and has a decent amount of talent returning for 2014. Butler's recovery doesn't have to be rushed. Signed for just $1.4 million, Butler should be given every opportunity to earn a role on defense. He'll be a candidate to start opposite Junior Galette.
Jan 15 - 6:51 PM

Saints placed OLB Victor Butler on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

Butler had been on reserve/PUP after tearing his ACL in June. His three-week window to be activated closed on Wednesday. Butler was never expected to contribute this season. He signed a two-year, $3 million deal last March.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 03:50:00 PM

Saints OLB Victor Butler (knee, PUP) has resumed practicing.

The Saints now have a three-week window to activate Butler. He's just four months removed from tearing up his knee, and is not expected to contribute this season despite today's news. Butler is signed through 2014. Provided he's healthy, he should earn a roster spot next summer. Butler was viewed as an ascendant player before going down.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 04:21:00 PM

Saints placed OLB Victor Butler (ACL surgery) on the reserve/PUP list.

Butler is technically eligible to return in Week 7, but is fully expected to miss the whole season after going down in June. Perhaps the Saints' dire pass-rushing situation has them taking an optimistic view with Butler's recovery, but it's a hail mary that's not going to connect. Signed through 2014, Butler should be 100 percent for next summer's camp. He was an ascendant player before going down.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 05:59:00 PM

Saints placed OLB Victor Butler (ACL surgery) on the active/PUP list.

Whereas many active/PUPers come off the list to practice in camp, that won't be happening with Butler. He'll be transferred to the reserve/PUP list at final cuts. Butler tore the ACL at June minicamps. Reserve/PUP costs players a minimum of six games, but Butler is an extreme long shot to play in 2013.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 07:22:00 PM

Saints OLB Victor Butler will undergo ACL reconstructive surgery on Tuesday.

Butler tore his ACL in Wednesday's minicamp practice on a collision with Mark Ingram. He'll almost certainly be placed on season-ending injured reserve. Martez Wilson is in the driver's seat for the starting SAM linebacker spot opposite Junior Galette. Butler's injury may force the Saints to keep Will Smith.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 06:12:00 PM

A source tells the Times-Picayune that Saints OLB Victor Butler tore his ACL during Tuesday's practice.

After showing significant pass-rush potential in a part-time role with the Cowboys over the last four seasons, Butler went shopping for playing time in free agency. He landed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Saints and was expected to start at SAM linebacker in Rob Ryan's 3-4 scheme. He would have been a sleeper for double-digit sacks. Now Butler is looking at a season on injured reserve, leaving Martez Wilson as the next man up. The injury happened during a collision with Mark Ingram during what was supposed to be a non-contact practice.
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 10:44:00 AM

Saints signed OLB Victor Butler to a two-year, $3M contract.

Butler, 25, has 11 career sacks and four forced fumbles across four seasons, though he's only played 803 career snaps, per Pro Football Focus. The typical starting 3-4 rush linebacker plays 900-1,000 snaps. While Butler is considered a weak run defender, he has edge speed the Saints desperately need. He also played for new New Orleans defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Dallas last year. Butler will compete for a starting job with Junior Galette, Will Smith, Martez Wilson, and whomever the Saints add in April's draft. We like Butler's chances of at least earning a significant role in sub-packages -- all-out pass-rush downs.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 01:11:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints "plan" to sign free agent OLB Victor Butler.

Schefter didn't report a deal is done, but it'd be a nice pickup for New Orleans as new coordinator Rob Ryan installs a 3-4 defense. The Saints are needy at outside-rush 'backer and Butler spent the last four seasons backing up DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer in Dallas. Still only 25 years old, Butler has flashed big-time pass-rush ability in past spot play. He is also a plus special teamer.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Free agent OLB Victor Butler left his Eagles visit without a contract, but the sides have "mutual interest" in getting a deal done.

Butler's visit to contract ratio is now 0:4, suggesting his asking price simply isn't in line with his market value. With no other trips currently scheduled, however, it's possible he's on the verge of finally making a decision.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 05:31:00 PM

Free agent OLB Victor Butler is undergoing a physical with the Eagles Tuesday morning.

This doesn't mean a deal is imminent, but the Eagles appear seriously interested. It's a mild surprise with Connor Barwin, Trent Cole, Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry already penciled in as outside linebackers in their new 3-4.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 11:05:00 AM

Free agent OLB Victor Butler's Browns visit has ended and he is now en route to Philly for a meeting with the Eagles.

Butler's agent is racking up frequent flier miles while spinning his client around the league. Butler has now visited the Browns, Saints, and Steelers while also drawing interest from the Jets. The Eagles are deep at outside 'backer after the Connor Barwin signing. Perhaps their visit is a smokescreen aimed at getting teams to believe they want another one at No. 4 in the draft.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 04:10:00 PM

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