It’s no secret that the New York Jets need a pass-rushing linebacker who can actually make an impact when pressuring opposing quarterbacks. They haven’t had one in quite some time, and are going to need one if the franchise hopes to find some semblance of stability moving forward.
One player that the Jets appear to have in their crosshairs is Victor Butler of the Dallas Cowboys.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets are targeting Butler during free agency.
He’s seen as a potential replacement for Calvin Pace, who was released a few weeks ago, and Bryan Thomas, who isn’t expected to be re-signed. If signed by the Jets, Butler would line up across from Garrett McIntyre.
A fourth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2009, Butler has been a bit underwhelming as a situational pass rusher in Dallas. In four years and 63 appearances, Butler has managed only 11 sacks while coming in on passing downs.
That lack of production could be a blessing in disguise for the Jets, who won’t have to pay much in order to get Butler. On top of that, there won’t be a huge market for the former Cowboys linebacker. Overall, it would be a smart move for the Jets and GM John Idzik, who need to save money wherever they can.
The 25-year-old Butler is far from a solve-all for the Jets. Still, he would bring an extra ounce of pass-rushing presence to the defense and help the Gang Green continue to stock up on young, promising talent. A change of scenery could also help Butler unleash some of the potential he displayed during college.
Two more days until the real fun begins.