Former Colts CB Darius Butler is a bit of a tweener in this list. He’s been a slot corner for his entire NFL career but reportedly wants to transition over to safety.
With Jairus Byrd set to be released on June 1st, the Saints are in the market for some safety depth. And Butler, at 30 years old, looks like he could provide just that. So long as the Saints continue to run 3-safety heavy sets, they’ll need bodies. Bodies that can make plays, and can cover in the slot when needed.
In 2016 Butler got his first start at safety and in that first game snagged an INT on the ever-INTless Aaron Rogers. From there, he didn’t look back. He played safety for the Colts the rest of the year and very much looked the part.
For the Saints, he could come in and provide a versatile skillset. He’s able to cover deep and, as a long-term slot corner, is able to play in coverage better than many safeties. With Vonn Bell still somewhat of a liability in man-coverage, that could be a huge need for the Saints going foward.
Spotrac has Darius Butler’s market value at $10M over three years. If that’s the price tag for a combination safety/slot CB depth signing, the Saints should jump at it. They have the space.