Victor Butler

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Victor Butler
No. -- Free agent
Position: Outside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-07-29) July 29, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Rialto (CA) Eisenhower
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 110
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 65
Tackles: 91
Sacks: 11.0
Forced fumbles: 4
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Victor Allen Butler (born July 29, 1987) is an American football outside linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State University.

Early years[edit]

Butler attended Eisenhower High School in Rialto, California, where he was a teammate of future NFL player Ryan Clady. He played as a defensive end (only as a senior), wide receiver, safety and kick returner. He was a two-time All-league selection and was named All-county as a senior.

He accepted a scholarship from Oregon State University, where he played at defensive end.[1] As a sophomore he appeared in 14 games and had 17 tackles. The next year he played in 13 games (one start) and led the team with 10.5 sacks (third in the conference). As a senior, he was named team captain and posted career-highs in sacks (12, tied for school record), tackles for a loss (21.5, school-record), quarterback pressures (5), forced fumbles (4) and tackles (65), while being named first-team All-Pac-10. He tied a school single game sack record (4) in the 2008 Sun Bowl, on his way to being named the game's MVP.

He finished his college career after appearing in 49 games, registering 110 tackles (60 solo), 26 sacks (second in school history), 39.5 tackles for loss (fourth in school history), six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, five passes defensed and one blocked kick.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Butler was selected in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2009 NFL draft. He was converted to an outside linebacker and was the backup to Demarcus Ware.

He recorded his first two career sacks and caused a fumble against the Carolina Panthers on September 28, 2009. On November 8, he made a key play by sacking Donovan McNabb with a shoestring tackle, which stopped a critical Philadelphia Eagles drive and helped preserve a Cowboys victory. He registered 12 special teams tackles (fourth on the team).

In 2010, he posted 20 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and 10 special teams tackles (seventh on the team). The next year he had 16 tackles (one for loss), 3 sacks, 9 quarterback pressures and 14 special teams tackles. In 2012, he made 23 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 4 special teams tackles.

During his time with the team he played behind Ware and Anthony Spencer, making it difficult to earn playing time. He was a productive pass rusher, but was not consistent defending the run.[2] The Cowboys didn't re-sign him at the end of the 2012 season.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On March 28, 2013, Butler signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, reuniting with his former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.[3] On June 12, 2013, Butler suffered a torn ACL during training camp, after a collision with teammate Mark Ingram. On August 27, he was assigned to the reserve/physically unable to perform list, before being placed on injured reserve on December 11.[4] He was waived on August 25, 2014.[5]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Butler was signed by the Arizona Cardinals on September 16, 2014. He was released on September 30.[6]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

He signed as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts on October 6, 2014. He was cut on November 18 and eventually re-signed on November 24.[7] Butler was released again on November 26 to make room for Shaun Phillips.[8]

New York Giants[edit]

On January 5, 2015, the New York Giants signed him to a reserve/futures contract.[9] On April 10, he was suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs. On August 31, Butler's contract was terminated to make room for safety Stevie Brown.[10]


  1. ^ "Victor Butler Selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 4th Round",, April 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "Cowboys free agents: Victor Butler",, January 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "Saints sign Victor Butler for two years",, March 28, 2013.
  4. ^ Alper, Josh (August 27, 2013). "Saints keep the door open for a Victor Butler return". Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ New Orleans Saints announce roster moves
  6. ^ Crabtree, Curtis. "Cardinals release linebacker Victor Butler". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Colts sign Butler, waive Quarles". November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Aaron (November 26, 2014). "Colts claim Shaun Phillips off waivers from Titans, cut Victor Butler". Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ Murtha, Don (January 5, 2014). "Giants signed LB Victor Butler to a reserve/futures deal". Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ Eisen, Michael (August 31, 2015). "Giants bring back Stevie Brown to bolster safety unit". Retrieved August 31, 2015. 

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