COMMENTARY | Free agent linebacker Victor Butler met with the Saints on March 22nd, but left without a deal. According to nola.com, the door hasn't closed on a potential signing of Butler, but more teams are emerging to compete for his services. Two teams on that list are the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Butler, 26, is one of the most coveted linebackers in free agency based on his athleticism and versatility. He would be a perfect fit for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's 3-4 scheme since he has familiarity with it having played for Ryan last season in Dallas. If the Saints are able to sign Butler, he fills an immediate need for the team because they are in dire need of playmakers on defense.
The Saints are about $1.85 million under the salary cap, which may or may not create enough space to sign Butler and other free agents. To create additional cap room, general manager Mickey Loomis will likely have to continue restructuring the contracts of current players on the roster.
A deal with Butler should get done within the next couple of weeks. The Saints are a better fit for Butler compared to the Browns and Eagles. Butler would come to a team where he already knows the coordinator and scheme. Rob Ryan can utilize him effectively in his defense, and Butler would play for a contending team.
Daniel Miller is a freelance sports contributor for AOL Patch.com. He's also worked as a freelance sportswriter for the Dallas Morning News, sports editor for Sirius XM Radio, and a sports production assistant for KXAS-TV NBC-5 in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area.
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