The New Orleans Times-Picayune first reported and Mary Kay Cabot confirmed that the Browns would host former Cowboys linebacker Victor Butler on a free agency visit. Butler is a former 4th round draft pick in 2009. Butler is an outside linebacker and if signed would be the third linebacker the Browns have signed this off-season as they move toward the 3-4 from the 4-3.
Victor Butler has visited the Steelers and Saints as well. As many publications have pointed out, the Saints were one of the teams the Browns reportedly outbid when they signed Paul Kruger away from the Baltimore Ravens.
Victor Butler was a defensive end at Oregon State before coming to the NFL and playing last season for Rob Ryan in Dallas. Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz named Butler a 2012 candidate to be a breakout year.
Butler is a young, developing player that will turn 26-years-old in July. He’s a perfect candidate for what the Browns have talked about wanting to do in free agency, finding younger players who can have a multi-year tenure with the team. If he does get sign it will likely ramp up the pressure on Jabaal Sheard in the pass-rusher spot.
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