Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Donald Butler (56) waits for the play during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers are still working on getting Donald Butler locked into a lightning bolts jersey for the next few seasons, but there is a lot of negotiating that has to take place. According to David Canter (Eric Weddle’s agent), Butler is looking for Dannell Ellerbe type of money.
@johnpurcell21 heard he wants & will get Ellerbee numbers on the open market. Don't know SD stance
— David Canter (@davidcanter) February 26, 2014
Ellerbe was a free agent last season and signed with the Miami Dolphins at around $7 million per season. He got 5 years on that deal. That is Sean Lee type of money. Derrick Johnson type money. Johnson has been to the Pro Bowl 3 times now.
That is a big financial commitment that the Chargers would have to put toward Donald Butler. Will the team be willing to put that money toward him. If they have to move in a different direction, what are we going to do in order to fill that hole?
The defense is much better with Donald Butler playing in the game. Can we keep him playing in San Diego? Will we be looking for that hometown discount?