Colts Free Agent Watch: Darius Butler
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INDIANAPOLIS – Darius Butler has had a very solid run in Indianapolis.
The Colts originally signed Butler in late September 2012.
You don’t often see those in-season signees go on to play with that team for a half dozen seasons.
But that’s been the case for Butler, 31, as he’s been a valued playmaker, while also showing off some versatility in the secondary, as of late.
Butler made the permanent switch to safety last season, once Chris Ballard re-signed the 2009 second-round pick.
Injuries to Clayton Geathers and Malik Hooker eventually forced Butler into the starting lineup for 4 games last season.
The youth movement in the secondary has not hit Butler just yet.
After 9 seasons in the NFL, Butler’s appeal at this point would be as a veteran voice, who can handle the mental capacity of multiple spots in the secondary.
Veterans are scarce for the Colts, so Butler could have some attraction to retain on a short-term deal.
However, there are probably enough (younger) bodies in the secondary to move forward without Butler.
Percent I’d Bring Butler Back: 30
-Let’s not overlook the consistency Butler has had with the Colts in 6 seasons. He’s the longest tenured defender with the team. But unless Chris Ballard really sees the need for a veteran voice among a young secondary, it’s hard to view Butler as a definite re-sign candidate. Butler will turn 32 years old in a few weeks. One thing to keep in mind is how the Colts handle Clayton Geathers. Any talks of possibly moving Geathers to a permanent weakside linebacker spot pretty much ended on Wednesday when Ballard said Geathers was sticking at safety. So you have Geathers, Malik Hooker and Matthias Farley at safety. Where does T.J. Green, who is under contract through 2019, and possibly Butler fit into that? With Geathers staying put at safety, that’s a position with actually some quality depth with guys under contract for multiple years.