The New Orleans Saints are meeting with former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Victor Butler today and they need to do all they can to sign him to a contract. If the Keenan Lewis signing is any indication, the Saints will get their guy and could sign Butler as soon as today.
Once again the Saints are not going after the big name free agents, but Butler would be a perfect fit with the Saints. The 25-year old linebacker spent his four seasons in the NFL with the Cowboys and played under Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Furthermore, Butler had a decent season last year as he recorded 25 tackles and three sacks.
Butler would probably be more of a reserve/rotation guy, but his experience in the 3-4 defense would be a huge asset to the Saints. However, he could be the Saints’ starting outside linebacker upon his arrival, given that Junior Galette and Martez Wilson do not have prior experience in the 3-4.
The Saints are doing a great job of bringing in players that will help their defense, and at the same time they won’t be breaking the bank. The Saints are currently $5.4 million under the salary cap, and Butler should come at a reasonable price since he has only been a reserve so far in his career.
He may not be the savior of this Saints’ defense, but he is a perfect fit and exactly what the team needs.
If the Saints can sign Butler today, it would be another great signing for the team. The Saints would get another young defensive player that they can develop and fills a big need for the defense.