Linebacker Victor Butler certainly canít be accused of not taking his time in free agency.
Itís increasingly looking like he can be accused of asking for more money than teams are willing to pay him, though. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Butlerís visit with the Eagles has wrapped up without the two sides agreeing to terms on a contract. Butler took a physical and thereís reportedly ďstill mutual interestĒ in signing.
Thatís pretty much what weíve heard after Butlerís other visits this month. Heís gone to see the Steelers, Browns and Saints and his departure always comes with a note that a dealís still possible, but Butlerís still a free agent. That suggests that heís not willing to sign for what the teams have offered or at least heís not willing to sign until heís quite sure that no oneís offering him a better deal.
We donít know of any other scheduled visits, which should mean that Butlerís going to be settling for one of these offers sooner rather than later.
Last edited by crasherino; 03-28-2013 at 07:28 PM.
I think it is more about the amount of years on the contract than it is the yearly compensation. Most FAs that are available right now are going to get one year deals, we are at that point in free agency. Butler is probably looking for a longer commitment, but teams are not wanting to give him his asking price for several seasons.
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Nice pickup in New Orleans: Saints plan to sign Cowboys LB Victor Butler.
I liked the sound of Butler, and I think we still need another OLB, but the writing was probably on the wall when we signed Barnes. There was an early rumor that we were interested in Butler, but to my knowledge we never even scheduled a visit with him. I think the Jets know that, based on who's worthy of the #9 pick, they may very well end up taking an OLB there (Jordan, Mingo, et al). And paying Butler, Barnes, and a high draftee all at the same position wouldn't make sense in a cap-strapped year. Oh well.