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Chargers talking new contract with Butler

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Blue Bolt, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

    Oct 28, 2009
    Chargers, Donald Butler talking contract
    Linebacker in final season of 4-year rookie deal
    By Michael Gehlken
    6 P.M. AUG. 3, 2013

    Donald Butler says he wants to stay in San Diego.

    The Chargers have begun the effort to ensure he does.

    Contract extension talks are underway between the team and Eugene Parker, Butler's agent, sources said Saturday. Butler, a 2010 third-round pick and starting inside linebacker, is entering the final season of a four-year rookie deal.

    He will become an unrestricted free agent if not re-signed before the start of the next league year on March 11, 2014. He's currently scheduled to make $1.323 million in base salary this season, counting about $1.525 million against the cap.

    "I'm not too worried," Butler said. "The numbers will get taken care of between my agent and (general manager Tom) Telesco. I want to stay in San Diego. I think they want me here in San Diego. I love it here. I love the fans. I love my teammates. I'm confident something will get done. I'm not even worried about it."

    If Butler is to sign an extension this calendar year, it likely will be in the next five weeks.

    The ongoing talks are expected to halt once the season begins, as the team prefers not to negotiate during the year. Waiting until after the season presents a risk for both sides. Injury or — less likely — a lack of performance could decrease Butler's market value; meanwhile, a strong season could improve it.

    The 24-year-old missed his rookie season with a torn Achilles' but has been a top contributor for the Chargers since his 2011 debut. His 172 tackles are third most on the team in that span, and his four forced fumbles are double the next closest teammate. That is despite missing four of the final five games last year with a groin injury.

    Playing all 16 games this season, Butler said, is among his top personal goals, regardless of how negotiations develop.

    "I would love to get something done before the year,” Butler said. “I would love something to get done tomorrow. Like I said, I'm not worried about it. I think we'll come to terms and something will get figured out.”

    Butler became a three-down linebacker in 2012, playing 669 of the season's first 670 defensive snaps before the injury.

    The Chargers parted with several of their most experienced veterans on defense this offseason, including linebackers Takeo Spikes and Shaun Phillips. In their absence, Butler has embraced a more vocal leadership role.

    "Throughout his entire career, he's gotten better every year," coach Mike McCoy said Saturday. "We're looking for him and other players also to take the next step this year. You want to continue to re-sign your own guys whenever you can. The personnel department does a great job of going through the whole process and trying to draft the right kind of people we want in our organization.

    "As time goes along (and) they perform, we're going to take care of them and try to keep our guys in-house. That's the most important thing. Do things the right way here. Players appreciate that, and that's what we plan on doing as time goes along."
  2. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    • Agree Agree x 1
  3. EOTL

    EOTL BoltTalker

    Jan 17, 2013
    Pay this man his money!
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  4. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    We love you too Don. And yes please STAY with the Chargers.
  5. Fossil

    Fossil BoltTalker

    Jan 6, 2008
    Looks like the ball's in Telesco's court. Hope he can sign him to a new deal.
  6. MadMike

    MadMike Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2006
    This is where good GM's spend their money. Strength up the middle, high character, non stop engine, and leadership. These are the types of guys who get you to the super bowl.
  7. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    Good sign. Very good sign.
  8. SuperCharger92

    SuperCharger92 Winners Win

    Sep 25, 2011
    He needs to be locked up. As mentioned in the article, it will only cost us more if we let him hit free agency.

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