The New Orleans Saints have not made much of a splash in free agency so far, but have been making some great moves for the good of the team. The Saints have already brought in cornerback Keenan Lewis and it appears that they will land another defensive player today.
It is confirmed that the Saints have signed former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Victor Butler today, and they have agreed on a two-year deal. Butler met with the Saints last week but did not sign with them right away as he was exploring his options by visiting other teams. However, the former Cowboy traded in his star for a fleur de lis and will be in the black and gold next season.
Butler’s signing should come as no surprise as he played for Saints’ defensive coordinator Rob Ryan during their time together in Dallas. Butler played in the 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker and showed flashes that he could be an effective pass rusher. He has served as a backup in his career so far, but that could change once he comes to the Saints.
The Saints have been lacking an effective pass rusher for some time now and Butler is a great depth player that could come in and start right away. At 25-years old, Butler has a lot of upside and already comes with a familiarity in Ryan’s defensive scheme.
In a reserve role last season, Butler made a career-high 25 tackles and had three sacks. Butler could probably produce a lot more in a starting role and I think he will have that chance with the Saints, especially since he already knows the defense.
Now that the Saints have signed Butler, the team will be getting a nice, young linebacker that can come in and start or be a great depth player. Furthermore, the Saints could also use him on the special teams where he also has some experience. The acquisition of Butler is another great pick up for the Saints, and you can see they are working hard to improve their defense.