Thursday, March 7, 2013
Possible OLB target for Jets
By Tim Kavanagh
Earlier this offseason, the New York Jets gave themselves a better salary cap situation by releasing OLB Calvin Pace, ILB Bart Scott, S Eric Smith and OT Jason Smith. That was a key part of their revitalization process, but leaves them a little slim regarding their edge pass-rushers.
The good news is that there are some players available this offseason that can help fill the vacancy, and some won't break the bank. Field Yates of ESPN Insider offered up one within the "Offseason Playbook" on the Jets:
Field YatesOffseason Playbook: New York Jets
"The Jets are in the midst of overhauling their roster and are constricted by a number of poorly constructed contracts that leave them limited in what they can spend this offseason. Victor Butler isn't a high-profile name, but he's a player ready to make starting contributions after playing behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer in Dallas for Rex Ryan's twin brother, Rob. Butler has good quickness off the edge and was productive in a rotational role down the stretch in 2012, finishing with three sacks and three forced fumbles in the final nine games of the season. He's just 25 years old and would give the Jets a natural rush player to help build their defense around. Quinton Coples should be improved in his second year, and the Jets will count on the continued development of other youngsters along the defensive front. There's no shortage of offensive needs for the Jets, but landing a player in Butler who can help bolster a defense that slipped to 20th in points allowed in 2012 would be a feather in the cap of new GM John Idzik. "