Victor Butler To Sign With New Orleans

When Victor Butler left Philadelphia after his visit earlier this week, the indication was that the outside linebacker could potentially still join the Eagles.

But that door is now shut. The Saints announced today that they’ve agreed to terms with the outside linebacker. It’s a two-year deal, but financial details have not yet been released.

Butler (6-2, 245) would have given the Eagles another outside linebacker with 3-4 experience. And at 25, his best years are likely still ahead of him.

The Eagles already signed Connor Barwin earlier in free agency. Trent Cole and Brandon Graham are also expected to make the move to outside linebacker. And the Eagles could use a draft pick on the position in April’s draft. One name that’s been mentioned quite a bit in this space is Oregon’s Dion Jordan. T-Mac wrote about Jordan in today’s Wake-Up Call.

And there’s also Vinny Curry. Tim offered some thoughts on where he fits in today’s mailbag.

The Eagles are likely done making big moves in free agency, but they could still keep an eye on certain areas: specifically linebacker, defensive line and offensive line.

Les Bowen of the Daily News mentioned this morning that the Birds recently checked back in on offensive tackle Eric Winston, who remains without a team.

And finally, defensive tackle Vaughn Martin has signed with the Dolphins. The Eagles had been rumored to be interested in him.

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  • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

    That was an easy call for Butler to go either to the Steelers or Saints, over joining a rebuilding Eagles defense.

  • limodriver27

    CK must have been drooling (but only for a minute since he doesn’t dwell on missed opportunities). Butler had the skill set, body stats, age and 3-4 experience. Now finding that Rex Ryan at the Saints was his next stop put us at a disadvantage. If no other FA’s come along before the draft, I could see Kelly going for Dion Jordan at #4 only because he’ll know Kelly’s basic scheme and the rehab of his recent shoulder surgery should be nearly complete. He can be eased into the rotation to make up for any training camp time missed. Keep in mind, it’s not what he can do in the first four games as much as what he can do for the next four years.