Victor Butler is scheduled to visit the Eagles, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Butler was visiting the Browns, but left without a deal in hand.
In his 4-year NFL career, Victor Butler has had to ride the bench in favor of DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. The knock on Butler is that he doesn’t defend the run well, and isn’t natural in coverage. However, when he has gotten his opportunities as a pass rusher, he has produced.
I’m certainly not going to make some kind of argument that Butler is anywhere even remotely close to the player that DeMarcus Ware is, especially considering the added attention that Ware commands. However, when you compare Butler’s numbers to Ware’s, factoring in the amount of time they each saw on the field over the last 4 years, they’re really not all that far off, statistically:
His good stats aside, in doing film breakdowns of the Cowboys, Butler always just “seemed to show up” on film, although it may not have always shown up in the stat sheet. I remember doing a film breakdown of Sean Lee’s INTs in 2011, and Butler made two of them happen. Here he is hitting Tom Brady’s arm as he tried to throw, leading to a pick:
And here’s a batted pass from Eli Manning that led to a Lee pick. Ignore the arrow. It’s pointing to Lee. Focus on #57 defecting the pass:
Butler just makes plays. He’s a guy that has been stuck behind two other good-outstanding players for his entire career, who maybe just needs more playing time. But he’s a player that I have always liked.