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Victor Butler The New Orleans Saints have lost outside linebacker and prized free agent Victor Butler to a torn ACL this past week in OTAs. Butler’s loss is a devastating blow to a defense that was awful this past season. Rob Ryan handpicked Butler during free agency to come in and play for the Saints. Butler was expected to bring a pass rushing presence off the edge and already knew Ryan’s system. Butler didn’t get much playing time in Dallas as he was sitting behind Demarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer, two pro bowl caliber linebackers. The silver lining to the injury is that it happened early, giving the Saints enough time to make the necessary adjustments to replace Butler. With Butler out of the mix the two most likely candidates to replace him are Junior Galette and Will Smith. Martez Wilson will most likely have the other linebacker spot locked up. Galette is a young pass rushing specialist who has shown flashes of brilliance. Meanwhile, Smith played defensive end in the 4-3 sch...
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