Free-agent linebacker Victor Butler visited the New Orleans Saints facility on March 22nd. Less than a week later, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the linebacker will sign with the team.
The 6-foot-2, 245 pound linebacker has recorded 69 tackles, 11 sacks, and five forced fumbles in his four years in Dallas. He served as the backup for DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer.
Butler’s 2012 season as a backup was his best as he recorded 25 tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles. Butler is described as a solid speed pass rusher who can get after the quarterback.
Butler’s transition into the Saints new 3-4 defensive scheme should be nearly seamless. He played for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Dallas.
The 26-year-old has an edge with prior knowledge of Ryan’s scheme, but he will be expected to compete for the outside linebacker position with Martez Wilson, Junior Galette, and Will Smith.