Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers inside linebackerDonald Butler
(56) celebrates after a sack during fourth quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers and Donald Butler have resumed contract negotiations this offseason (Eric Williams). They cut off talks during the regular season, but the two sides are talking again in order work out a new contract. Butler will become a free agent this offseason and the team will like to keep him in the middle of the defense for a few more seasons.
Butler is one of the leaders on the defense and the team needs to get him locked up. Without Butler on defense, the team would need to find another linebacker to lock down the middle of the defense next to Manti Te’o.
Butler has struggled with some injuries every season and the team will have to take that into consideration. He is a difference maker when he is on the field though. His 2013 season was not as strong as his previous year, but the team knows his impact when he is on the field. Keep him with Manti Te’o on the defense and they both will be making plays on the defense for years.
This will be the first instance in which Tom Telesco will have to keep a big player that is becoming a free agent. We will see what he is able to work out.