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CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

Posted on: September 6, 2011 6:04 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

In 2009, the Patriots had a whopping four second-round draft picks. On Tuesday, they cut one of those picks, cornerback Darius Butler.

Butler, the 41st-overall pick that year, announced the move on Twitter.

"Its been real New England," Butler tweeted Tuesday. "I was blessed to have a chance to play and start my NFL career here. But its time to open a new chapter. Thx #patsnation."

Per our Patriots Rapid Reporter Greg Bedard, Butler wasn't exactly shocked about the news.

 "It wasn't a surprise. I was hearing trade speculation," Butler said. "It happened maybe a little bit later than I wanted, but I'm ready to go forward."

Butler, who played in 15 games last season, recorded just 23 tackles and zero sacks. Butler figured to see some substantial playing time last year when Leigh Bodden went on injured reserve, but he never stepped up his play and eventually lost his starting spot.

With Bodden, blossoming star Devin McCourty and Kyle Arrington topping the depth chart, the Patriots clearly felt they have enough manpower.

Don't expect to see the youngster stay on the open market long, though. As Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette points out, the Panthers have the first chance at claiming Butler off of waivers and given that their in pretty desperate need of cornerbacks, it would be shocking to see them pass on him.

Interestingly enough (or maybe not?), in the 2009 NFL Draft, Butler went two picks ahead of former Panthers defensive end Everette Brown, who Carolina cut Sunday. Butler won't get them their first-round pick back from the 49ers, but he might salvage something out of what turned out to be an absolutely disastrous draft in 2009.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:22 pm
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

pittsburgh fans dont give a crap about the patriots as much as you think we do, never have, don't now and never will. your just a means to an end for us (which recently has'nt worked out too well for us) but this may be the year we kick brady's azz and send you beaneaters back to irrelevancy in the nfl like u were for THIRTY YEARS, until a referee made the worst call (raider game) in nfl history.



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:01 pm
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

All players for the Pats signed six year contracts when Drafted, not all are at maximum at the same time, and are not guaranteed so 25-30 in the first round is doable! sorry gotta go thanks!



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:54 pm
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

"the overated Rodney Harrison" was making 3m, Asante wanted 10m.  Was Asante 3 1/3 times better than Rodney?  Those are the types of discissions that need to be made, the type that BB makes and based upon his track record does a pretty good job at making them.  I know as a fan you want the best player at each position and you want to pay them what ever they wanted, but if you did that, you would assemble the best team never to play in the NFL because they would be 2-3 times over the cap.  It has been said that BB assigns a dollar amount to each position, If you want more, see you later, no hard feelings.  It seems to work.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:42 pm
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

jngkat,

I just don't think you are getting my point.  I'm not saying that Seymore or Samual are bad players, just that when you can only spend so much money you have to budget.  The cap is what $120-125m.  Brady is getting 18, mankins 8, wilfork 9, light 7, i think mayo is making 9, fat albert could make 5 (if he plays).  To that you want to give seymore 15 and samuel 10 plus you wanted them to sign 2 1st round picks in 2010.  Come on, the numbers just don't work.  Pre salary cap, no problem but now, why do you think there is 4 or 5 new teams in the playoffs each year.  In order to win and win constantly you need a hand full of high priced superstars, some lower priced aging vets (don't overpay for past performance) and a bunch of 2-5th round draft choices along with a few late rounders or undrafted free-agents (low cost players).  You need the high priced players to play up to their contracts and the low priced players to play above their contracts (unfortunate when that happens they usually want a rise but hopefully you have won a Superbowl and can say thank you very much and let them go on their way).



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:03 pm
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

Eagles did go to a NFC championship game with Samual (Lost to Arizona) who lost to Pittsburgh by a toe nail, not sure what they did in 2010& 2011, maybe someone can help me out with that. 



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:56 pm
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

Yes, Asante did drop the interception that could have clinched the perfect season, but he was not the only one, see Meriweather and the overated Rodney Harrison,yes the 2010 Draft looks good at this point  but 1 good draft in 4, not good enought! if he stayed with his 1st round picks they would have some studs, then when a couple of years go by, try to deal them, like he did with Richard Seymor, and with the Pats drafting anywhere from 25 to 30 don't try and tell me they can't afford it! what cost more a late 1st round pick, or 3 or 4  2nd round picks? 


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