Report: Cowboys Free Agent LB Victor Butler To Visit Steelers On Thursday

The Pittsburgh Steelers missed out on free agent linebackers Lorenzo Alexander and Moise Fokou as both players signed contracts with other teams on Wednesday. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports now reports via Twitter Wednesday night that Dallas Cowboys free agent linebacker Victor Butler is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Butler, an outside linebacker, has played in 63 games for the Cowboys over the course of the last four seasons. Only twice did he start, however. His 25 total tackles in 2012 set a career-high, and his three sacks matched a career best. Butler played only 300 snaps for the Cowboys last season on defense.

The Steelers are looking to add depth at the outside linebacker position after the release of outside linebacker James Harrison this past Saturday. Also not expected back is Brandon Johnson, who worked at both the inside and outside spots.

The Steelers do not have a lot of cap space to pay a back-up linebacker much more than a  minimum salary. Butler apparently has a few other teams interested in him as well, so it will not be surprising to see him leave Pittsburgh without a deal.

  • Mikey Hoje

    Bite on this, Steelers fans; Mike Wallet and the Dolphins will play @three rivers this year! Sharpen your pencil and bring on the chips and dips… and the noise makers.

  • Chris S

    I’d like to see them play at Three Rivers…that would be interesting, hahah

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I wanted the Steelers to go after this guy since I knew the Cowboys wouldn’t resign him.

  • Rubem Dornas

    Seriously, why not giving a chance to Adrian Robinson to see some snaps as a backup to Woodley and Worilds? This man is a beast, he’s from Harrisburg, PA, and like James Harrison, he was also undrafted. Give him a chance!

  • Mikey Hoje

    Because our exalted Defense supreme master Mr. Dick Lebeau likes to sit players on the bench for 3-4 yrs watching, learning. Moldy…

  • Mikey Hoje

    Either buy an airline ticket or order via stubhub. Open your wallet and your wish shall be granted.

  • Have to be one hell of a big wallet. Rebuilding the old stadium would have to be more than pocket change.

  • Chris S

    Awesome someone got my sarcastic point, haha!

  • Chris S

    They still need some depth and to create competition/etc. All they have now behind Wood and Worilds is Carter and Robinson. Just because they are looking to sign someone now doesnt mean a ton as far as the final roster goes. Who knows this guy could be better than both who are on the roster…so why wouldnt they want to bring him in.

  • hergieburbur

    You’d need a genie to grant that wish buddy.

  • SteelSpine

    Yep understandable. On the rise & it’s why Cryboys would sign him if they had any cap space. Since enough teams have more cap space than we do & Steelers don’t outbid any teams, I don’t expect it.
    I guess Steelers will keep bringing in the cheapest veterans for OLB will sign whichever one no teams bid for.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    That is because we aren’t drafting a 1st round 3-4 linebacker. We already have a starter penciled down in Adrian Robinson. Steelers FO were already high on this kid and for the informality, they are going to let him compete against Jason Worilds. Going into draft we will be loading offensive side. We are just signing FA for depth so we can avoid doing that in the draft. Loving what Kevin Colbert is doing.

  • Kyle Owens

    The complexities of the Dick LeBeau 3-4 defense is too hard for a player under the age of 35 to comprehend.

  • Clint Martin

    Worilds and Woodley will be the starters.

  • steeltown

    Not surprising we’re looking for cheap LB’s at this point, we only have 4OLB’s under contract.. we need atleast 3 more for training camp, some will be undrafted, but why not bring in some with experience, if you can

  • Mikey Hoje

    finally got it, Three rivers was torn down ten yrs ago, I live far from Pittsburgh.