After releasing Calvin Pace, and with all signs pointing to the team letting Bryan Thomas go in free agency, the New York Jets have a need at linebacker. According to at least one report, they could be casting their gaze on Cowboys’ outside linebacker Victor Butler to address it.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported over the weekend that the team would target the free agent-to-be, who has posted 11 sacks and 89 tackles since being selected by Dallas in the fourth round of the 2009 draft.
Until this afternoon, the Jets would have been barred from contacting Butler on account of the NFL’s three-day negotiating window but, according to the report, it’s possible that Butler could visit the Jets as early as this week.
Butler finished 2012 with 21 tackles and three sacks while playing in Rob Ryan’s 3-4, but his role in new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s 4-3 system is unclear at best.
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