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Donald Butler | Linebacker | #56

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/17/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 242
College: Washington
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 3 (79) / SD
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The Union-Tribune San Diego believes the "lasting image" of free agent ILB Donald Butler in San Diego will be "that of a thief."
Normally positive and always professional reporter Kevin Acee built on his Thursday Twitter criticism in a blog post. Acee says he finds it "(difficult to understand) how a man with any pride could even have shown up at Chargers Park the past year or so with as much as Butler stole from the team." Acee is convinced Butler "lost interest" after getting his contract extension, and believes there were games "after which his uniform might have actually been clean." Acee also believes Butler may have attempted a turnaround in 2015, but that it was already too late. If Acee has noticed these things, you can be certain other front offices have, as well. Mar 3 - 8:04 PM

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The Union-Tribune San Diego's Kevin Acee called free agent ILB Donald Butler's performance after his 2014 contract extension the "worst money grab I've personally witnessed ... outside Jared Gaither."

Acee added that Butler "gave up on the team and fans long ago." The Chargers gave Butler a "seven-year, $51.8 million" extension early in the 2014 offseason. Butler proceeded to rank 58th among 60 qualified inside linebackers in Pro Football Focus' 2014 charts, and 51st among 60 ILBs in 2015. Acee isn't usually so brash with ripping players, so this one stood out to us. Perhaps going back on the market will help renew underachieving Butler's motivation.
Mar 3 - 3:40 PM

Chargers released ILB Donald Butler.

The move creates $9.410 million in cap space, but leaves behind a whopping $18.69 million in dead money. Those numbers fall to $4.65 million and $4.63 million, respectively, if Butler is designated as a post-June 1 cut. Butler is just two years removed from inking a "seven-year, $51.8 million" extension — which in reality was a three-year, $19.8 million pact — but was reduced to backup duties down the stretch last year. He's declined steadily. Butler turns 28 in October.
Mar 3 - 1:44 PM

Chargers ILB Donald Butler revealed at OTAs that he underwent "a couple surgeries" in the offseason.

"I'm healthy again," insisted Butler, who is one of the most overpaid defensive players in the league. After the Chargers used a second-round draft pick on Miami (FL) thumper Denzel Perryman, it's fair to wonder if Butler might lose his starting job. The Chargers also have Manti Te'o at inside linebacker.
Mon, Jun 1, 2015 04:35:00 PM

Chargers placed ILB Donald Butler on injured reserve with a dislocated elbow, ending his season.

So much for holding off on sending Butler to I.R., as coach Mike McCoy suggested they would Monday. Butler is a leader on defense, but he's really struggled in the first year of a seven-year, $51.8 million extension. Butler hasn't played a full 16-game season since his 2011 rookie season. Kavell Conner, Reggie Walker, and Andrew Gachkar will see their roles increased next to Manti Te'o.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 07:23:00 PM

Chargers ILB Donald Butler has been diagnosed with a dislocated elbow, and is likely done for the regular season.

Per coach Mike McCoy, the team will hold off on sending Butler to injured reserve. The Bolts likely hope Butler could be ready for a potential playoff run. In the first season of a seven-year, $51.8 million deal, Butler has started 13-of-14 games. He's been largely ineffective, struggling in coverage while getting nuked against the run. His loss thins the Bolts' depth, but isn't a death blow.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 01:21:00 PM

Chargers ILB Donald Butler (quad) is active for Sunday night's Week 14 game against the Patriots.

Butler missed practice Friday, but will play though his quad injury. The Chargers inactives are WR Dontrelle Inman, RB Ronnie Brown, OG Jeff Baca, NT Damion Square, TE David Johnson, NT Ryan Carrethers, and LB Cordarro Law.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 07:12:00 PM

Updating previous items, ILB Donald Butler's new "seven-year" deal is actually a three-year, $19.8 million contract.

The on-paper value is $51.8 million over seven seasons, but the Bolts have a $12 million club option available after three years. Butler's signing bonus is $11.15 million. Before the option, Butler's deal is a three-year commitment worth $6.6 million annually. It's still a more team-friendly contract than the Dolphins gave Dannell Ellerbe in 2013. Ellerbe makes $6.95 million a year.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 11:21:00 PM

Chargers ILB Donald Butler's new seven-year contract has a max value of $48 million, with $28 million guaranteed.

The monetary numbers look big, but are less so when stretched across seven seasons. The annual average is under $7 million even with incentives built in. The Dolphins gave ILB Dannell Ellerbe a per-year average of $6.95 million last March. Butler is only 25, so a deal like this makes sense for this particular player. The first three years of Butler's deal are worth just under $20 million, and the Chargers essentially hold a club "option" for the remaining four seasons.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 11:40:00 AM

Chargers re-signed ILB Donald Butler to a multi-year contract.

The 25-year-old was the top projected free agent on the inside linebacker market. A 2010 third-round pick out of Washington, Butler's career started slow with an Achilles' tendon tear but he's come on strong the past three seasons as a versatile three-down 'backer with plus coverage skills. He's an ascending player. The second level of DC John Pagano's 2014 defense should be all but set now, with Butler and Manti Te'o inside, and Dwight Freeney bookended by a healthy Melvin Ingram at outside linebacker. Look for GM Tom Telesco to attack cornerback and nose tackle in free agency and May's draft.
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 02:54:00 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego reports ILB Donald Butler remains the Chargers' "top priority" in free agency, and believes a long-term deal will "ultimately get done."

The sides are negotiating at the Combine, and both coach Mike McCoy and GM Tom Telesco have been lathering on praise. Rotoworld's No. 1 free-agent inside linebacker, Butler is a strong candidate for the franchise tag if the Bolts don't believe they can reach a long-term agreement before the start of free agency.
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 10:19:00 PM

The Chargers and free agent ILB Donald Butler have resumed contract negotiations.

The two sides broke off talks ahead of the 2013 season and had planned to rekindle them after the Super Bowl. Both the Chargers and Butler would like to get something hammered out before free agency opens on March 11. The franchise tag is a possibility, though the Bolts would like to use it as a tool to buy more time to pound out a long-term deal this offseason rather than commit $10 million. Butler checks in as our No. 1 free-agent inside linebacker.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 11:04:00 AM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco expects to resume long-term talks with impending free agent ILB Donald Butler after the Super Bowl.

The sides failed to reach an extension in training camp. "He played some really good football late this year," Telesco said of Butler. "Hopefully, he likes the direction this team is going in, and hopefully, he wants to be here. We'll see where that goes." Butler notched 84 tackles, 0.5 sacks and an interception this season despite missing four games with a groin injury. He forced a fumble in the Chargers' Wild Card win over the Bengals, and picked off Peyton Manning on Sunday. Butler doesn't turn 25 until October.
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 05:34:00 PM

Impending free agent ILB Donald Butler suffered a concussion in Sunday's Divisional Round loss to Denver.

The Chargers' season is over, of course, but the concussion is worth filing away for bookkeeping purposes. Butler, 25, is entering 2014 free agency after the sides failed to reach an in-season extension. Butler led San Diego in playoff tackles (17), and finished second to Eric Weddle in the regular season (84).
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 01:18:00 PM

Chargers ILB Donald Butler (probable, groin) will return to the starting lineup in Week 10 after missing three games.

Just as Butler returns, San Diego lost edge-setting OLB Jarret Johnson to a hamstring injury in Thursday's practice. Johnson was sidelined Friday and is listed as questionable to face Denver. An every-down inside linebacker and arguably San Diego's best defensive player, Butler has 31 tackles in five games this year. He's worth grabbing in IDP leagues if he was dropped.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 09:35:00 PM

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