Victor Butler to visit Saints Thursday

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After already meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers late last week, linebacker Victor Butler has another visit set up with the New Orleans Saints.

According to Jason La Canfora of, Butler will visit the Saints Thursday.

Butler played the last four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys with the last two years under new Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Per Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints were going to heavily pursue Butler if he left his Pittsburgh visit without a contract.

Butler served in a mostly reserve role for the Cowboys in his four seasons in Dallas. Butler has missed just one game in four season and has 11 sacks despite limited playing time. Last season, Butler recorded 25 tackles, three sacks, three passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

6 responses to “Victor Butler to visit Saints Thursday

  1. He’s a very talented kid, came in mostly in a 3rd and long pass rush role. Stuck behind Demarcus Ware while in Dallas but he has the size to play as a starter in a 3-4 D and was very efficient in his limited snaps on the field. Hope someone gives him a chance.

  2. Well that’s some good news!. We can be pretty sure Rob Ryan knows what he’s buying with this guy. I say open up the wallet & sign him up!

  3. I always liked Victor Butler. The knock on him was stopping the run. I never really saw it, and thought he was always explosive off of the ball. I would have liked to see him incorporated in our new 4-3 scheme somehow but best of luck to him where ever he goes.

  4. Butler is JAG and he is terrible against the run. He was routinely blown out of the way/run over by teams looking to run. It’s why he is a free agent. He was a 4th rd pick for a reason. He got his sacks late in games when he came in fresh against teams that were tired. Really, I’m not sure why 11 sacks over 63 games (~ .17/game or 2.75/season) is anything to get excited about.

  5. I guess all the doom and gloom reports about the Saints salary cap situation has been proven wrong… I think they’re managing just fine..

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