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Saints sign former Cowboys LB Victor Butler to two-year deal

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Victor Butler, left, is reportedly ready to sign in New Orleans. (USATSI)
Victor Butler, left, is reportedly ready to sign in New Orleans. (USATSI)

Outside linebacker Victor Butler will be returning to play under his old defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. That's the word from the Saints, who announced Butler has left Dallas (Ryan's old stomping grounds) and signed a two-year contract with New Orleans (Ryan's current stomping grounds).

Butler had backed up DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer in Dallas, but he still managed six sacks in the past two seasons.

“Still only 25 years old, Butler has flashed big-time pass-rush ability in past spot play,” writes Rotoworld. Plus, with Ryan installing a 3-4 defense in New Orleans, the team needs more pass-rushers at the outside linebacker spot (neither Will Smith nor Jonathan Vilma are younger than 30).

Butler has been linked to as many as four other teams in the free agency period and took visits with the Browns, Steelers and Eagles.

All in all, it was a pretty exhaustive free agency period for a guy who's never been an NFL starter. As one Eagles beat writer will attest.

As for the Cowboys, here's ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer's take: “Victor Butler's departure closes door on 09 draft,” he tweeted. “Zero left from class. That's why the Cowboys are where they are mostly -- poor drafts.”

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