The Market Is Set for Chargers LB Donald Butler

By Ernie Padaon

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.