Victor Butler Leaves Philly Without a Deal

Free agent linebacker Victor Butler left Philadelphia Tuesday without a deal, but there is still mutual interest between him and the Eagles, according to a league source.

The obvious guess here is that Butler is seeking a certain dollar amount that no team has been willing to match up to this point. In addition to the Eagles, he has met with the Browns, Saints and Steelers. All four teams are expected to run a 3-4 or some kind of hybrid in 2013.

Clearly, there’s interest in the 25-year-old, but only at the right price.

Butler (6-2, 245) spent his first four NFL seasons with the Cowboys, stuck behind Anthony Spencer. He only played 28.2 percent of Dallas’ snaps last year, according to Pro Football Focus. Butler has played outside linebacker in a 3-4, but it’s possible the Eagles see him as someone who could offer positional versatility.

In his career, on passing downs, Butler has rushed the QB 80.5 percent of the time and dropped back into coverage 19.5 percent of the time, per PFF.

If Chip Kelly’s Oregon teams are any indication, the Eagles could very well plan on utilizing some kind of rotation on defense. They currently have outside linebackers Trent Cole, Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin on the roster. Vinny Curry likely projects there too.

Some 3-4 teams keep as many as nine linebackers on the roster. Both the Packers and Steelers had that many when they broke camp last season.

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  • xlGmanlx

    I wonder if he hit the walk away number or they didn’t like what they heard.

    • Adam

      My guess would be he got around the same offer he did from his other visits and wanted to see if he could get any more elsewhere, or at least a better chance to start

  • Wilbert M.

    He’s a mediocre talent with upside. Hard to get excited about him versus a mid-round draft pick with possibly more upside that would be cheaper.

  • GGeagle21

    I think Howie has cultivated a good working relationship with many it’s probably a case of them being far apart(Butler wanting to be paid for upside instead of for production), and howie telling the agent, go see what you can get, but please check back in with us when you find the deal that you will sign.

  • Dutch

    He’s looking for starter money and the Eagles aren’t going to bring him in at a higher number than Ryans, and maybe no where near Ryan’s package. On the other hand, why Philly for less than the Steelers or Saints may be willing to offer, or for the same money? Philly is rebuilding a defense when the other teams are retooling.