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Former Chargers LB Butler lands with Cards

Oct 4, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (18) scores a two point conversion while defended by San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Donald Butler (56) during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (18) scores a two point conversion while defended by San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Donald Butler (56) during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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Donald Butler has a new team….finally.

Butler, who was released after five seasons with the San Diego Chargers in March, signed with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday. Butler finished his career in San Diego with 373 tackles, seven sacks, three interceptions and six fumble recoveries. However, he was made expendable when rookie Denzel Perryman emerged last season.

The #AZCardinals have signed former #Chargers LB Donald Butler, more depth at that spot. A lot to prove after last year

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 27, 2016

Still just 27 years old, Butler has a chance to turn his career around with a fresh start in the desert. He figures to compete with Kevin Minter for time at the inside linebacker spot next to Deone Buccannon.

Judging by how some fans in San Diego felt towards Butler’s play last year, many of them are probably saying “good luck with that” regarding the Cardinals new signing. That said, he’ll join an aggressive unit in Arizona that forced 33 turnovers, good for second-most in the league and 13 more than the Chargers.

Still, fans in San Diego should be thrilled to have Perryman for the next handful of years, at least. As for Butler…. Arizona can have him.

Things should be interesting when these two teams hold joint practices this summer before playing a preseason game against each other.

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