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Saints agree to terms with Victor Butler, face competition for Tracy Porter from Raiders

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The New Orleans Saints have added an experienced outside linebacker to the mix.

Former Dallas Cowboys reserve Victor Butler has agreed to terms on a contract with the team. The deal with Butler is for two years but terms have not been disclosed.

Butler, 25, played behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer in Dallas for new Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. In his three years with the Cowboys, the Oregon State product played in 63 games. Butler has compiled 89 tackles, 11 sacks and two tackles for loss during his time with the Cowboys. This past season, he finished the year with 25 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and a tackle for loss.

Turning down a similar offer from the Philadelphia Eagles, according to the source who indicated Butler (6-2, 245) may have been offered just a one-year contract by the NFC East team. Butler chose New Orleans where he likely has a better chance to establish himself as a starter.

The Saints are shifting to a 3-4 defense and have no experienced outside linebackers for the scheme. They do, however, have high hopes for veteran returnees Junior Galette and Martez Wilson to transition well to that position.

Meanwhile, the chances remain good that former Saints cornerback Tracy Porter will return to New Orleans after a year with the Denver Broncos. Other than the Saints, Porter has received the most interest from the Oakland Raiders. Familiarity with Porter in Oakland comes from former New Orleans assistant Dennis Allen, entering his second year as Raiders head coach.

Former Raiders and Eagles cornerback Nmamdi Asomugha also continues to weigh offers from the Saints and the San Francisco 49ers.

The additions of one or a combination of Porter and Asomugha could signal the end of the tenure of Jabari Greer as a starter with the Saints as the team tries to balance attempts at improving the roster with the salary cap crunch this offseason. Porter would appear to be the more realistic possibility.


Ken Trahan and Jude Young contributed to this report.


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