The competition is wide open behind Larry Fitzgerald, with Butler, J.J. Nelson, Christian Kirk and Chad Williams all viable candidates for the second and third spots on the depth chart. Butler provided an occasional deep threat for Dallas the past three seasons, catching 43 of 81 targets for 794 yards and six touchdowns in 36 games. The 28-year-old seems ill suited for a high-volume role, but the same can probably be said of Nelson, the other veteran of the bunch. Butler's two-year, $2.6 million contract with the Cardinals only includes $500,000 guaranteed, per OverTheCap.
Despite experiencing a coaching change in the offseason, the organization continues to have a need for speed in its wideout corps. Owner of a 4.37 40-yard dash at his Pro Day in 2013, Butler utilized his wheels to produce 18.5 yards per catch as a member of the Cowboys the past three years. He's a big play waiting to happen, but he also boasts a woeful 45.9 percent catch rate in his career, so consistency is not his calling card. Expect Butler to reside behind at least Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson and J.J. Nelson in a passing attack led by free-agent addition Sam Bradford this season.
Butler will visit the Seahawks, Bears, Jaguars and Cardinals in the next two weeks, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.
Butler hasn't been much more than a depth wideout in five seasons between the Raiders and Cowboys. Although he's received just 2.2 targets per game in his career, he was a big-play threat in Dallas from 2015-17, averaging more than 21 yards per catch in two of those campaigns. Each of the four interested organizations has addressed their wideout corps this offseason, so the 28-year-old likely will be relegated to a familiar role, wherever he lands.
Butler caught both his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Eagles.
It was a poor display from both offenses in a game that meant little to either team, but Butler's 20-yard TD catch early in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference. The 27-year-old once again failed to make much of an impact over the course of the season, with his 317 receiving yards on the year being a new career high, and while Butler's size and speed have never been question, it appears that he'll never be anything more than a depth option in an NFL offense.
It was reported earlier Wednesday that Butler did not participate, but he did in fact return to practice after missing the last three games. The 27-year-old appears on track to make a return for Sunday's regular season finale against the Eagles.
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