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Victor Butler: Saints were the best fit for me
by Deke Bellavia,posted Mar 29 2013 10:23AM
The newest addition to the New Orleans Saints is linebacker Victor Butler. Butler agreed to a two year deal with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday and visited with me and Bobby Hebert on SportsTalk.
"I met with the organization, with the staff...and Sean Payton is a stand-up guy, and they offered me an opportunity to compete, and that's what I'm all about. I loved everything, I love every aspect of the city. I fell in love with the city, so I'm happy and excited to be a part of this,” said Butler.
Butler was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2009 NFL Draft, and says he is excited about reuniting with Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan.
""I mean he really emphasizes...turnovers and scoring on defense. But the one thing he harps, he harps, he harps, is shutting an offense down completely, and making them one-dimensional. And the way you do that is, you stop the run. I mean, he's a big advocate of, 'nobody runs on our defense. You got to love it, he's a fun-loving guy, passionate about the game, but when it comes to people running on the defense, he can be a mean guy. He likes to keep that defense sound, we're going to make teams one-dimension, we're going to stop the run, and at the same time, we're going to get after the quarterback."
Butler played in 63 games in Dallas under Ryan with 64 total tackles and 11 sacks.
Butler went on to talk about him also being reunited with former college teammate Kennan Lewis. Lewis and Butler both starred at Oregon State for the Beavers Defense.
"In free agency, that's what you do. You go an dyou talk to organizations that you are interested in and that are interested in you...and you weigh all the pros and cons. Is the team right for me, is the city right for me, is the organization be a great fit for me, stuff like that...and at the end of the day, the best fit and the greatest feell I got was the New Orleans Saints...For me, I'm a team player, man. So whatever they need me to do, I'll do. If they need me to kick the extra point, I'll do it. Like I said, being in a place where I can compete, and be a productive member of the team, I'm all for it."
I was really hoping we'd get Victor Butler. Now, if we could somehow get Nnamdi in a black and gold uniform, I'd be content.
I never thought I'd say this, but the Saints are stacked at linebacker. We now have Galette, Butler, Wilson, Vilma, Hawthorne, and Lofton. If we waste a draft pick on a linebacker, I'm gonna be upset. The Saints need to draft a left tackle ora safety in the early rounds.
What about the linebacker we got from the Rams last year that got hurt? Is he still in the picture?