As we count down from 50 days until the New Orleans Saints begin their regular season in Atlanta, on September 7th, we're getting to know a little bit about those players who have signed on to bring home another Lombardi trophy.
Today, we take a brief look at rookie running back Timothy Flanders and veteran linebacker Victor Butler, both of whom are hoping to take the field with the Saints for the first time this season.
So, with no more ado:
40 DAYS UNTIL ATLANTA!!!
#40 (RB) Timothy Flanders (Rookie)
3 yr(s) / $1,530,000. Average: $510,000 per year through 2016.
#90 (OLB) Victor Butler (6th year, 2nd with Saints)
Victor Butler was drafted out of Oregon State by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Over his first four seasons in the NFL, he appeared in 63 contests with two starts for the Cowboys, and totaled: 65 tackles (48 solo), 11 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, plus 40 stops and one forced fumble on special teams.
After becoming an unrestricted free agent last year, Butler decided to follow defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to New Orleans. Although expectations were high for the linebacker, he suffered a season-ending knee injury in June and missed the entire 2013 season.
After knee surgery and several months of rehabilitation, Butler was a full participant in this year's OTA's and has returned to the field for training camp. If healthy, he is expected to supplement Rob Ryan’s pass rush this season, and could start opposite Junior Galette.
2 yr(s) $3,000,000. Average: $1,500,000 per year through 2014.