The Market Is Set for Chargers LB Donald Butler

Aug 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Donald Butler (56) on the sidelines during the first half against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Donald Butler is looking to get a new contract with the San Diego Chargers. He wants to stay in San Diego. He is in the final year of his rookie contract and the team wanted to lock him to a new contract before the season starts. The two sides have been quiet, but there are other players around the league that have recently gotten their paycheck.

Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing just signed a 6-year $55.643 million extension and Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee signed a 6-year $42 million extension with the deal possibly worth $51 million. That is the going rate for top linebackers in the league and will likely be what Butler is looking for.

Butler hasn’t talked to his agent much in the last month, but Butler says that his agent knows what he wants:

“My thing is I told him what I want,” Butler said. “He knows. They know. (I want) to stay in San Diego. ‘Make sure they know that I want to stay here.’ … I don’t want to go anywhere else. It’s the perfect fit for me.” – UT San Diego

PAY THAT MAN! This will be Tom Telesco’s first order of duty and first contract extension that he has had to do. It would be a nice player to have locked up for a few years.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • joerockt

    Seriously, get it done. Butler will be a starter for years to come.

  • arnie

    It would be nice, however i’m pretty sure the Salary Cap has something to do with the delay. Something the cowboys and texans had room to do.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i don’t know if the salary change would affect the salary cap for this season.

      • arnie

        True. However it does impact the cap for next season and currently the Chargers are at a negative. They still have gaither and meachums salary on the books, so it may be wiser to franchise him, and pay him the money, he has earned and deserves, when those two are off the books, and work out a deal the counts against the cap in 2015.

        • Brandon

          I would have to agree with arnie on this one.

          • C.Steele

            Sounds reasonable to me. But, players typically hate to be Franchised. I just want him locked up long term and happy. Let’s make this a Win, Win for everybody and focus on getting better! #GoBolts!

  • Tyreece Kaete Sr.

    3words Pay The Man

  • J.C. Ortiz

    All those LB’s have had significantly higher production than Butler. I’m all for paying him, but I don’t want to be paying for potential. We’ve been burned entirely too many times. He also needs to show he can actually be a 3 down ILB AND play a full 16 game season. He only did it playing 2 downs.

    There has got to be some concessions by both sides for a deal to get done.

  • Bill Nichols

    I totally trust Telesco to do what it takes to keep a guy like Butler around. No ego’s in this house, so refreshing to be able to sit back, and watch some football, and, not have to stress over what the bone heads in the front office are doing. Man, it really sucks that we have to be the last to play opening weekend. But then again, doesn’t that always happen to us?? :) Bolt the “F” Up!!

  • Sergio Quintero

    Because he has struggled some to stay on the field I would say a little less money than Lee & Cushing, something around 6 years 46-50 million.

    He might just play the 16 games and force the Chargers to franchise him, which I think will happen and gamble he will play the 16 games then he might push the contract to 55-60.

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