Arriving in New Orleans as an unrestricted free agent in 2013 after spending his first four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, who picked him in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Butler missed the entire 2013 season rehabbing a season-ending knee injury suffered in June that required surgery. Following several months of arduous rehabilitation, Butler will be ready to return to the field for training camp to supplement the club’s pass rush. The former Oregon State standout appeared in 63 contests with two starts for the Cowboys and totaled 65 tackles (48 solo), 11 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, adding 40 stops and one forced fumble on special teams.
NFL CAREER – Arriving in New Orleans as an unrestricted free agent in 2013 after spending his first four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, who picked him in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Butler missed the entire 2013 season rehabbing a season-ending knee injury suffered in June that required surgery. Following several months of arduous rehabilitation, Butler will be ready to return to the field for training camp to supplement the club’s pass rush. The former Oregon State standout appeared in 63 contests with two starts for the Cowboys and totaled 65 tackles (48 solo), 11 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, adding 40 stops and one forced fumble on special teams.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform by New Orleans, 8/27/13; Agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints (UFA-Dal), 3/28/13; Signed by Dallas to a four-year contract, 7/29/09; Selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
2013 – Spent entire season on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list after suffering a knee injury in June. 2012 – Played in 16 games with one start and recorded 23 tackles (21 solo), three sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Added four stops and one forced fumble on special teams…Earned his only start of the season in place of fellow OLB Anthony Spencer vs. Chicago, Oct. 1, and finished with one tackle and a fumble recovery…Posted five solo stops and one pass defensed at Baltimore, Oct. 14…Registered two solo tackles and a sack at Atlanta, Nov. 4…Earned three stops (two solo) and a sack of Nick Foles at Philadelphia, Nov. 11…Totaled two solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble vs. Philadelphia, Dec. 2…Tied a season-high and career-high with five tackles (four solo) vs. New Orleans, Dec. 23. 2011 – Appeared in 16 games and posted 16 tackles (10 solo), three sacks, a pass defense and 14 special teams stops…Posted his first sack of the season in home-opening win vs. Washington, Sept. 26…Tied for team lead with two special teams tackles vs. Detroit, Oct. 2…Earned three special teams stops, tied for the team lead, at New England, Oct. 16…Totaled three tackles and a sack at Washington, Nov. 20…Registered three tackles and a sack vs. Miami, Nov. 24. 2010 – Appeared in 15 games and totaled 20 tackles (13 solo), two sacks, a forced fumble and 10 special teams stops…Recorded first sack of season and a forced fumble vs. Jacksonville, Oct. 31…Made season-high four tackles at Green Bay, Nov. 7…Recorded three tackles and a key fourth quarter sack of Rex Grossman on third down vs. Washington, Dec. 19. 2009 – Finished ranked first among Dallas rookies with three sacks, tied for fifth on the team, while playing in 16 games with one start in first NFL season. Also made postseason debut but did not record any stats vs. Philadelphia, 1/9/10 and at Minnesota, 1/17/10. Tied for fourth on team with 12 special teams stops…Posted one stop on defense and led the team with four special teams tackles in NFL debut at Tampa Bay, Sept. 13…Recorded first career sack while registering two fourth quarter takedowns of Jake Delhomme vs. Carolina, Sept. 28…Recovered first career fumble while adding two special teams stops vs. Seattle, Nov. 1…Earned one sack of Donovan McNabb in fourth quarter at Philadelphia, Nov. 8.
COLLEGE – Appeared in 49 games for Oregon State and his career totals included 110 tackles (60 solo), 39.5 tackles for a loss of 248 yards, 26 sacks for a loss of 207 yards, 5 passes defensed, 6 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries and 1 block. Ended college career ranked second all-time in school history in sacks…Started all 13 games as a senior captain and posted career-highs in tackles (65), sacks (12, tied for school record) and tackles for a loss (school-record 21.5) while earning first-team All-Pac 10 honors. Also added four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…Accounted for 10.5 sacks as a junior while playing 13 contests and also contributing 25 tackles (18 solo), 12.5 tackles for a loss (124 yards), five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…As a sophomore, appeared in all 14 games and posted 17 tackles (10 solo), 3.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for a loss (30 yards) and a fumble recovery…Saw action in nine games as a true freshman…Majored in political science.
PERSONAL – Attended Eisenhower (Rialto, Calif.) HS where he was two-time All-League selection and an All-County pick as a senior…Was a three-year letterwinner as a safety, defensive end and kick returner…Played defensive end only as a senior due to team needs…Was an active participant in several of the Cowboys’ community relations initiatives during his four-year tenure and will do the same in New Orleans in 2014.
OLB Victor Butler speaks with reporters at The Greenbrier during 2014 New Orleans Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Video by Justin Stout (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints LB Victor Butler talks about returning to practice on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)
LB Victor Butler, who played for Rob Ryan with the Cowboys, talks about the new New Orleans Saints DC at a charity softball game on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.