Although inside linebacker, Donald Butler, still has another year on his contract following this season, the time to re-sign him is now.
Butler is a complete stud and his absence in the middle of our defense has only helped to prove my point. Butler was injured during the overtime loss to Baltimore.
After suffering an achilles injury his rookie year, Butler has consistently shown since then that he is capable of making plays all over the field. Due to his steady improvement and impact on the field, the price tag on Butler will continue to rise as quickly as his level of play.
The third year linebacker is one of the main reasons our defense has improved so drastically in 2012. It is clear to me that waiting until next season to sign him to his next contract will be detrimental to other areas of the team.
Meaning, if he continues to ascend we will then have to pay him more money next year than we would if we were to get a deal done now.
Perhaps the reason a deal hasn’t been done is because the Charger organization is preparing to move on from General Manager A.J. Smith. I personally would hope that we are in the market for both a new G.M. and a new head coach. If indeed we are looking to move on from Smith, Dean Spanos needs to become extremely proactive in ensuring that Butler receives a new contract prior to the conclusion of the 2012 season.
There is no time like the present to lock up one of our best players on the team. It seems obvious to me that Butler is a great asset to this defense and the team overall.
Get a deal done now!
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