Crezdon Butler

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Crezdon Butler
No. 41 Detroit Lions
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-05-26) May 26, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth: Asheville, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 191 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school: Asheville High (NC)
College: Clemson
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 164
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Tackles: 27
Sacks: 0.0
Interceptions: 0
Forced fumbles: 2
Player stats at

Crezdon Butler (born May 26, 1987) is an American football cornerback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson University. He was selected in the fifth round, with the 164th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As a journeyman cornerback Butler has been a member of 8 NFL teams, including the Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Early years[edit]

Butler was born in Asheville, North Carolina, and attended Asheville High School, where he led the Cougars to the 2005 divisional championship. Rated a four-star cornerback by recruiting services like[1] and,[2] he chose to attend Clemson University over other schools such as the University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.

College career[edit]

As a true freshman, Butler received playing time as a cornerback in nickel and dime packages, recording three interceptions. He was named a starter in his sophomore year, and managed to record three picks. Butler became a standout in his junior year, producing 68 tackles (three for a loss) and four interceptions, including one key interception against Nebraska in the 2009 Gator Bowl. Butler chose to return to Clemson for his senior year and earn his degree in sociology, electing to wait one more year before declaring for the NFL draft. During the course of his senior season, the fear of turning the ball over caused opponents to throw his way just 14 times in the whole season, dropping his statistical output to only one interception and 8 passes defensed. Butler finished his collegiate career with 166 tackles, two sacks, and eleven interceptions.[3]

Professional career[edit]

2010 NFL Combine[edit]

Butler was originally projected to be a late first round selection before his senior year. After his statistically lacking season, opinions as a whole dropped negatively: some sources regarded Butler as an undrafted free agent target, while others rated him as a possible fifth round target.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 0 in 191 lb 4.43 s 1.54 s 2.50 s 4.23 s 7.08 s 39.5 in 10 ft 1 in 17 reps x
All values from NFL Combine [4][5]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Butler with their fifth round selection, 164th overall, of the 2010 NFL Draft. Butler was regarded as a long and athletic cornerback with good ball skills, albeit with a weak statistical senior season. He was signed to a three-year rookie contract, and was named to the 53-man roster.[6]

Although he was drafted in the fifth round only the year prior, he was waived by the Steelers on September 3, 2011.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On September 4, 2011, Butler was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals. He was placed on the injured reserve list on September 20 due to a dislocated ankle.[7]

On August 31, 2012, he was waived by Arizona, being one of the final roster cuts before the start of the 2012 season.

Washington Redskins[edit]

On September 1, 2012, the Washington Redskins claimed Butler off waivers.[8] After playing in only two games, he was waived-injured on September 25 after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals.[9][10]

Return to the Arizona Cardinals[edit]

The Cardinals re-signed Butler on October 9, 2012, but released him a week later.[11] He re-signed with the Arizona Cardinals on October 23, 2012, and was assigned to the practice squad.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On November 7, 2012, Butler was signed from the Cardinal's practice squad, joing the Buffalo Bills active roster. He dressed in five games for the Bills, recording three tackles and a forced fumble against the New York Jets in Week 17. He was released on August 30, 2013.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

He was signed by the San Diego Chargers on September 17, 2013. Butler was released on August 29, 2014.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Butler on September 10, 2014 to replace the injured Mike Jenkins.[12] Butler made his first career NFL start against the Baltimore Ravens on October 12, 2014.[13] Tampa Bay released Butler on December 16. During his time with Tampa Bay, he made three starts and recorded 14 tackles.[14]

Detroit Lions[edit]

The Detroit Lions signed Butler to a reserve/futures contract on January 7, 2015.[15] Butler did not make the final 2015 roster and was cut in early September.[16] The Lions re-signed Butler on November 12, 2015, after placing starting cornerback Rashean Mathis on injured reserve. In his first game with the Lions, against the Green Bay Packers, Butler batted down an attempted pass from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams during a two point conversion toward the end of the fourth quarter, preserving a two-point lead. The Lions won the game 18–16, ending a 24-year losing streak in the state of Wisconsin.[17] He appeared in the final eight games of the season and finished with three total tackles on the year.

He was released by the Lions on September 5, 2015.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On October 13, 2015, Butler was signed by the Seattle Seahawks but was released a week later.

Return to Detroit Lions[edit]

On November 14, 2015, Butler re-joined the Lions, signing a 1-year contract for $747,500 with a $2,500 signing bonus.[18]

On March 11, 2016, the Detroit Lions re-signed Butler to a 1-year, $760,000 contract.[19] On August 29, 2016, Butler was released by the Lions.[20] He was re-signed on December 28, 2016.[21]


  1. ^ "Crezdon Butler profile". Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Crezdon Butler profile". Archived from the original on April 17, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ "ESPN college stats". Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ NFL Draft Scout Profile
  5. ^ NFL Combine Profile
  6. ^ Steelers Sign 5th Round Draft Pick CB Crezdon Butler
  7. ^ Jones, Mike (September 1, 2012). "Redskins add CB Crezdon Butler to round out 53-man roster". Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ Tandler, Rich (September 1, 2012). "Redskins add their 53rd player". Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ Tinsman, Brian (September 25, 2012). "Redskins Waive Butler, Bring Back Jones". Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ Jones, Mike (September 25, 2012). "Redskins sign CB David Jones, release injured Crezdon Butler". Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Cardinals re-sign OT McQuistan, release CB Butler". SFGate. 
  12. ^ Baker, Matt; Auman, Greg (September 10, 2014). "Bucs place Mike Jenkins on injured reserve". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ Auman, Greg (October 12, 2014). "Banks out, Bucs turn to unproven Butler at corner". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  14. ^ Auman, Greg (December 16, 2014). "Vincent Jackson is Bucs' man of the year nominee". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ Pearson, Andrew (January 15, 2015). "Lions sign Cougars alum Butler". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  16. ^ Meinke, Kyle (September 5, 2015). "Lions reportedly cut CB Crezdon Butler, 20 moves to go". Archived from the original on September 28, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  17. ^ Wojnowski, Bob (November 15, 2015). "Wojo: Pin it on Butler as Lions shred horrid streak". The Detroit News. Archived from the original on September 16, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Crezdon Butler Contract History". Retrieved July 9, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Lions re-sign CB Crezdon Butler". Detroit Lions. March 11, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Lions acquire G Brandon Thomas via trade with 49ers and announce additional roster moves". 
  21. ^ "Lions sign CB Crezdon Butler and place DT Stefan Charles on Reserve/Injured". December 28, 2016. 

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