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Victor Allen Butler (born July 29, 1987) is an American football outside linebacker who is currently a free agent, having last played for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State University.

Victor Butler
Free agent
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1987-07-29) July 29, 1987 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Rialto (CA) Eisenhower
College:Oregon State
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 110
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:91
Forced fumbles:5
Fumble recoveries:2
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Early yearsEdit

Butler attended Eisenhower High School in Rialto, California, where he was a teammate of future NFL player Ryan Clady. He played as a defensive end (only as a senior), wide receiver, safety and kick returner. He was a two-time All-league selection and was named All-county as a senior.

He accepted a scholarship from Oregon State University, where he played at defensive end.[1] As a sophomore, he appeared in 14 games and had 17 tackles. The next year, he played in 13 games (one start) and led the team with 10.5 sacks (third in the conference). As a senior, he was named team captain and posted career-highs in sacks (12, tied for school record), tackles for a loss (21.5, school-record), quarterback pressures (5), forced fumbles (4) and tackles (65), while being named first-team All-Pac-10. He tied a school single game sack record (4) in the 2008 Sun Bowl, on his way to being named the game's MVP.

He finished his college career after appearing in 49 games, registering 110 tackles (60 solo), 26 sacks (second in school history), 39.5 tackles for loss (fourth in school history), six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, five passes defensed and one blocked kick.

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

Butler was selected in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2009 NFL draft. He was converted to an outside linebacker and was the backup to DeMarcus Ware.

He recorded his first two career sacks and caused a fumble against the Carolina Panthers on September 28, 2009. On November 8, he made a key play by sacking Donovan McNabb with a shoestring tackle, which stopped a critical Philadelphia Eagles drive and helped preserve a Cowboys victory. He registered 12 special teams tackles (fourth on the team).

In 2010, he posted 20 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and 10 special teams tackles (seventh on the team). The next year, he had 16 tackles (one for loss), 3 sacks, 9 quarterback pressures and 14 special teams tackles. In 2012, he made 23 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 4 special teams tackles.

During his time with the team he played behind Ware and Anthony Spencer, making it difficult to earn playing time. He was a productive pass rusher, but was not consistent defending the run.[2] The Cowboys didn't re-sign him at the end of the 2012 season.

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On March 28, 2013, Butler signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, reuniting with his former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.[3] On June 12, 2013, Butler suffered a torn ACL during training camp, after a collision with teammate Mark Ingram.

On August 27, he was assigned to the reserve/physically unable to perform list, before being placed on injured reserve on December 11.[4] He was waived on August 25, 2014.[5]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

Butler was signed by the Arizona Cardinals on September 16, 2014. He was released on September 30.[6]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

He signed as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts on October 6, 2014.[7] He was cut on November 18 and eventually re-signed on November 24. Butler was released again on November 26 to make room for Shaun Phillips.[8]

New York GiantsEdit

On January 5, 2015, the New York Giants signed him to a reserve/futures contract. On April 10, he was suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.[9] On August 31, Butler's contract was terminated to make room for safety Stevie Brown.[10]

Toronto ArgonautsEdit

On February 1, 2017, he signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League after being out of football for a year.[11] Butler caught attention early in the year by recording 8 sacks in his first 3 games. Despite missing 6 games with an injury, Butler was named a CFL East All Star, and finished the regular season with 10 sacks and 4 forced fumbles, on his way to a Grey Cup championship over the Calgary Stampeders. In late January 2018 Butler criticized the Argos for not allowing him to pursue NFL opportunities for the 2018 NFL season; following in the footsteps of teammate James Wilder Jr. who two days prior announced that he planned sit out of the 2018 CFL season in favor of having a chance of making it in the NFL.[12] During the 2018 season while Butler sat out, the Argos finished as the worst team in the CFL with a 4-14 record, while the Toronto defense produced the fewest sacks and gave up the most points.[13] On February 12, 2019, Butler officially became a free agent, and was reported to be considering a return to the CFL.[14]


  1. ^ "Victor Butler Selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 4th Round",, April 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "Cowboys free agents: Victor Butler",, January 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "Saints sign Victor Butler for two years",, March 28, 2013.
  4. ^ Alper, Josh (August 27, 2013). "Saints keep the door open for a Victor Butler return". Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  5. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves".
  6. ^ Crabtree, Curtis. "Cardinals release linebacker Victor Butler". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "Indianapolis defense making progress; Texans next". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "Colts claim OLB Shaun Phillips". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "Giants LB Victor Butler suspended first 4 games for PEDs". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "New York Giants sign veteran safety Stevie Brown". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  11. ^ "Argos sign former NFL LB Butler - Article - TSN". TSN. February 1, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Victor Butler: The Argonauts are holding me hostage - 3DownNation". 3DownNation. January 26, 2018. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "O'Leary: Uncertainty looms for Argos, Als and Esks". November 5, 2018.
  14. ^ Staff, TSN ca (February 13, 2019). "Butler could return to CFL with Alouettes -". TSN.

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