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
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.