Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) is stopped by San Diego Chargers linebacker Donald Butler (56) short of the first down during the first half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Chargers Re-Sign Donald Butler at the End of the Season?


What should the San Diego Chargers do with their middle linebacker Donald Butler in the offseason? He becomes a free agent at the end of the year and he will be looking to get that payday. He has not played well this season, but we have seen his potential in the past. Has Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy seen that potential though? We know that John Pagano has seen the potential.

Donald Butler does come with his little red flags though. We don’t know how many games he will be available during the season. He has had numerous injuries in his career and the team has had to depend on the reserve players for a number of games with him healing on the sideline.

Butler is a solid middle backer that is young and is a leader on the defensive side of the football. He brings an attitude onto the defensive side of the football and can really be a solid piece on the defensive side of the football. I think that the team should look to bring him back, but cannot break the bank to keep him on the roster. The combination of Butler and Manti Te’o in the middle of the defense is one that is exciting and has a lot of potential.

Once the season is over, Butler should still be one of our top priorities in free agency.

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  • blu3ny3llow

    I would have to say re signed him but maybe not for a contract as big as Sean lee possibly with some type of injury Clause…or franchise him see wat happens health wise

    • Stefanie Smith

      I agree.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    I agree w/ blu3ny3llow. Injury clause. With what we have seen from this year’s crop of MLB’s… Alonso, Ogletree, Bostic, etc… the rookies coming out of college are already playing at a high level. It has been rough without Butler, but not unmanageable. If he wants to stay for a reasonable price, I’m sure TT will re-sign him. If he wants ridiculous money, let him walk. Maybe Tampa Bay will take him, and he can go be 0-7 with Vincent Jackson, and “get that payday”… lol. In all seriousness, I hope they can make a deal that makes sense for both sides. He has a great attitude, and I like his play… when he is on the field.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      and get MSRA and yelled at all day, good livin in Tampa!

    • Sergio Quintero

      I find it hard to believe he will sign an injury clause, if he does great, but its extremely uncommon, I doubt there are any accommodations towards the chargers from his agent in term of discounts or injury clauses.

      Slightly off topic I found Zach Greinke honesty when he signed admirable in a at least you are honest way, where he admitted the team that offered me the most money was the team I was going sign with, even if that difference was a dollar, that attitude should remind everyone to lower your expectations on the SD discount.

    • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

      Gr8 VJ reference….LMFAO…How’s that payday working out for ya VJ??

      • Rob Base

        I bet right about now hes missing Rivers

        • Chargerfan1983

          I bet right now whatever QB Tampa has is missing VJ

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Good One!!! He was a ghost in last night’s game. My buddy has him on his fantasy team, and was cursing him all night.

          • MachoMenos

            And his “Hall of Fame” QB is now playing for the Vikings. His words, not mine.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Lol…. YA THINK? And here comes Keenan to replace him = )

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        55 million dollars buys a lot of paper bags to give to the fans, so they can put them over their heads… lol. He was a non-factor in last night’s game anyway.

    • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

      VJ got that long term contract that he wanted. I’ll bet he regrets that.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        I would too, if I were him.
        But, you know what? I don’t think he does care. Vjax never seemed to care about anything except for himself when he was here… including the team, or football. He is a huge talent, but that’s where it stops. There is no loyalty in him. He doesn’t care if the team would basically be out of contention if they signed him to a huge contract. He just wants to get paid. I can’t blame him, honestly. He finally did get paid, his team is 0-7, and his family lives in friggin’ Tampa Bay (yuk). I don’t think he gives a crap about the Bucs, either. As long as VJ is taken care of…

        • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

          I thought we made him an offer more than Tampa to stay but he was fed up dealing with AJ Smith. As were others.

          • arnie

            Nope. I don’t know the exact numbers, but it wasn’t even close to what he got in Tampa. VJ wanted a long term deal, closer to $25 – $30 mil. aj offered a one year tender. it wasn’t until after the hold out he and he proved how much of an impact he had on the team, is when VJ got fed up asked for fair market value, ($50 mil). no response for the aj. then VJ asked for a trade, aj stuck the 1st n 3rd tag on him. if he wasn’t worth the $50 mil, why ask for that much in a trade?
            this was about control. For aj. As well as the Chargers wanted play it safe, because the old CBA was coming to an end. so instead of locking up there players, and be on the hook for paying out money to players if no football season happened, they handed out 1 year tenders like candy.

        • Alter Ego

          Pete – I think we made him who he is. We treated him poorly…AJ treated him poorly – we actually watched it unfold.
          We would be better with him-he would be better with us.
          Aj is a home wrecker.
          Imagine the Chargers team if TT was the man four years ago.
          AJ reminds me of a guy who went to Vegas and was up big…then lost it all.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Another man can’t make you who you are… not if you are a real man, anyway. I take my cues from Gates, who is a REAL class act. Prima donna was the word he used to describe VJ, I believe? He had the talent.. but when your QB has to pick you up from the drunk tank after yet another DUI, let’s just say that you are NOT a class act. It’s funny how people love to give Mathews crap about his party.. never been jailed for it once, let alone twice…. didn’t VJ get three? I can’t remember.

            AJ had a policy of keeping clean players. He was a total idiot, and destroyed this team.. your Vegas analogy was spot on BTW… but, VJ didn’t help his case for getting a big contract with his off-field issues… which were his own fault. He gave AJ the leverage, and AJ’s whack ass used that leverage. And, apparently good franchise players on our team (who I love) imply that he had an attitude problem. I can make an argument for any other player that AJ should have kept.. LT, Sproles, Turner.. even Tobert… but not VJ. AJ gave him the rope, and VJ hung himself.

    • asd

      Bostic aint even good, yeah he had that big hit in the preseason and got alot hype, they benched him when the season started cause he has no clue how to pass cover and defend the run on 99% of the plays, they were force to play him by week 3 cause of the Bears injuries at LB but he’s dreadful.

    • supersurge619er

      I agree

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I would go with franchising him, give him another year to earn that contact. He’s played kinda bad this year so far and missed half the games so can’t go big money quite yet.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Agreed… and it’s a recurring injury.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Same here, made the same argument, might consider paying him the long term deal if he can play the remaining 9 games, and they can make the playoffs.

      If he misses more than one game the rest of the season, no more than the franchise tag.

    • Alter Ego

      I disagree.
      No franchise tag – its a show me now league.
      His contract offer should be what his effort and ability do now.
      The season is young and I anticipate he will rock it – if not – market value only.
      No more maybes.

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Donald butler has played fantastic the past 2 seasons
    Butler is one of my favorite players and would hate to see him leave.

    Pay the man

    • Gunnar Martin

      Same here

  • Rob Base

    Franchise tag him. Wait till he can give a full season with no injuries to get the big pay day.

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      Look at Brian Cushing and Sean Lee both are more injury prone and they still paid.

      I bet Butler takes a discount to stay in San Diego he loves it here and loves being a Charger

      • Rob Base

        We shall see. How many Bolts players have we heard say that and bail for more dollar $ign$

        • CALiFORNiAkiD

          Lol…how can they bail if they were never offered anything?

          • Rob Base

            Very solid point.

  • philiprules

    Have to see how he does when/if he gets back in there. So far one season gone due to injury, next season very good but cut short due to injury, last season extremely good, and now this season mediocre to poor and cut short due to injury. Unless he can come back after the bye and return to last year’s form I don’t see how you can give him anything other than a f-tag at best.
    Linebackers are the RB’s of the defense. A lot of them burn out and/or never recover from their injuries at an early age and go on to try out for the WWE. Just the nature of the position. Doesn’t matter how good you are if you can’t stay on the field. And someone who seems to be demonstrating that should not have huge wads of cash thrown at them, unless of course that WWE thing really pays off.

    • Alter Ego

      Odd analogy…but interesting and good.
      Performance pays on the second contract – earn it or burn it.
      I concur.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Donald is obviously a very big part of the locker room. He’s one of the few established leaders we have on the team. We know how good he is, or at least can be at times. It would be a darn hard blow if we didn’t bring him back. Injuries happen to everybody. And besides, he has expressed time and time again how much he wants to stay in San Diego. Gotta make sure to extend him after the season is over.

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      Exactly.

    • arnie

      i wonder if the Chargers spent as much time giving Merriman time to come back from injury, as aj did trying to run him out of town, would he still be a Charger now? Hey i’m with you Gunnar, we endured English experiment to see him as a decent LB after 4 seasons of injuries.
      Donald is in his 3rd year and he’s already a stud and staple of this defense. Like Merriman, he’s “proven” he’s worth the risk.
      Context? Donald is a better LB in 8 games, than Larry was the last 4 years.

  • asd

    Anyone who thinks its okay to lowball DB doesn’t deserve to celebrate when he makes plays or win games for the team on the defensive side of the field.

  • supersurge619er

    Butler will stay

  • Cgoodness13

    the thing i though, TT has been trying to extend his contract yet nothing has changed, idk whats going on rather it be Butler trying to get to much money, TT checking his performance and injuries first, or possibly Butler wanting to leave.

  • Nick in PB

    Butler needs to have a monster second half if he wants the big bucks. First half, he hasn’t done much. He’s capable though. Truth is, he hasn’t even been a part of the best our defense has shown. I hope he’s chompin at the bit!