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 28)
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 NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles: 91
Sacks: 11.0
Forced fumbles: 4
Stats at
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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 Ryan Clady. He was a two-time all-league and all-county as a senior.

At Oregon State University he played defensive end and finished ranked second all-time in school history in sacks (25.5).[1] His rise as a player started in his junior year, when he had 10.5 sacks. 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) and tackles (65), while being named first-team All-Pac-10. He also tied a school single game sack record (4) in the Sun Bowl.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Butler was drafted in the fourth round 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.

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. [6] He was released on September 30.[7]

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.[8] Butler was released again on November 26 to make room for Shaun Phillips.[9]

New York Giants[edit]

On January 5, 2015, the New York Giants signed him to a reserve/futures contract.[10] On August 31, 2015, Butler's contract was terminated by the Giants.[11]


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  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
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  7. ^ Crabtree, Curtis. "Cardinals release linebacker Victor Butler". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Colts sign Butler, waive Quarles". November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ Wilson, Aaron (November 26, 2014). "Colts claim Shaun Phillips off waivers from Titans, cut Victor Butler". Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ Murtha, Don (January 5, 2014). "Giants signed LB Victor Butler to a reserve/futures deal". Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ Eisen, Michael (August 31, 2015). "Giants bring back Stevie Brown to bolster safety unit". Retrieved August 31, 2015. 

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