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CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

Posted on: September 6, 2011 6:04 pm
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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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Comments

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:01 am
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

i "hear" myself typing, and it sounds like a bunch of clicks. At least you spelled comment correctly this time.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:31 am
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

Wow did a NYKnicks fan just say all that? You are one confused little fella. Im speechless.



Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:07 am
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

Darius Butler, is a qualified NFL player who I know will be an great addition to someone team.  Just continue to watch his career as he makes the Pro bowl back to back. GO U-Conn.......



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:01 am
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

Im sorry but we don't seem to draft too well these days. Butler, Meriweather, Chad Jackson a few years ago, Crable, and the list goes on. I dont seem to understand how Belichick can discover Brady and Danny Woodhead, but he can't get a few solid early to mid round draft picks.



Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:03 am
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

"Do you even here what you are typing?" Dude? Really? FAIL!Yell



Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:01 am
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

"...given that their in pretty desperate need of cornerbacks..." Wow, Brinson! What school did you graduate from?



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:11 pm
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

I agree - the Patriots need to start having better drafts in the early rounds.  Obviously it's a crapshoot in the later rounds, but rounds 1-3 should be producing some quality players.  The 2010 draft is looking pretty good but, in the few years before that the Patriots have a bad history of making bad picks in the first 3 rounds.  They went 0 for 3 in the first 3 rounds in 2006 (Maroney-Jackson-Thomas), had only one pick in the first 3 rounds in 2007 (Merriwether, thought they used the second round pick to get Wes Welker), then went 1 for 4 in 2008 (Mayo-Wheatley-Crable-O'Connell).  In 2009, they drafted Butler and Ron Brace back-to-back.  Both have been useless.  They drafted Patrick Chung and Sebastian Vollmer in that round, who turned out to be decent picks, but then they drafted Brandon Tate in the 3rd round (one pick ahead of Mike Wallace).  So, that's really only one star player (Mayo) drafted in the first three rounds.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:04 pm
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

How sad is your comment? Do you even here what you are typing?



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:00 pm
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

ooooooooooh dah. your coment is that oooooooh agh dah?
 



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:51 pm
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

This is another wasted pick by the Patriots. I remember when they traded down to draft him and I thought he would have been decent.  Instead he's just another Belichick bust.  Have to wonder if the Pats would have won at least one more Superbowl if they drafted differently?   I'd like to see The Pats draft in the position their given instead of trading down.


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