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).
“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).
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.
Never thought I would have to breathlessly cover the free agency whereabouts of Victor Butler. Pretty sure #Eagles will survive.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 28, 2013
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.”