Victor Butler reportedly set to visit Philadelphia Eagles
By Chris Wesseling
Around the League Writer
Published: March 25, 2013 at 04:24 p.m. Updated: March 25, 2013 at 04:47 p.m.
The New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns both failed to lock up free agent Victor Butler after putting the outside linebacker through a physical.
Now a third team with a defense transitioning to the 3-4 scheme has come calling. The next stop on the Butler tour is Philadelphia to visit the Eagles, reports The Plain Dealer.
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A 25-year-old career backup with pass rushing ability and special teams experience, Butler has been a hot commodity in his first shot at free agency. He's also visited the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Following the signing of Connor Barwin, the Eagles would seem to be overloaded with outside linebackers. Trent Cole and Brandon Graham will make the switch from defensive end while 2012 second-rounder Vinny Curry provides valuable depth.
Cole is not expected to be traded, but the new Eagles' regime could dangle the undersized Graham leading up to next month's NFL draft.
On the other hand, the front office may just be stockpiling edge rushers for a rotation that will keep pace with new head coach Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense.
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