The Indianapolis Colts continued their efforts to improve the team in adding cornerback Darius Butler to the team and making him active to the 53-man roster. Butler, has played in 42 career NFL games and started in 14 of them.
Butler, was picked by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft. The 5’10, 185-pound corner played his college ball as a member of the Connecticut Huskies. He will join his college teammate and Colts running back Donald Brown on the team.
Butler, was released by the Patriots in September of 2011 and signed by the Carolina Panthers the very next day. The Panthers released Butler on August 31st which made him available for the Colts to sign today.
He has 89 career tackles and three interceptions. All three of those picks came last season as a member of the Panthers. I’m expecting Butler to get some major playing time next week if Vontae Davis (ankle) isn’t ready to go. Davis injured his ankle late in the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Even if Davis can go next Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, Butler will surely be needed to the experience and depth as the Packers are a high powered passing team.
In effort to add Butler, the Colts dropped offensive lineman Trai Essex. Essex, was signed after the first week of the season to help the offensive line. He appeared in two games for the Colts before being released today to clear a roster spot.