Jets free agency 2013: Victor Butler a target, according to report

Stephen Dunn

After releasing OLB Calvin Pace last month, the Jets are in the market for a replacement, and have expressed interest in Victor Butler.

Victor Butler is not one of the most glamorous names to hit the market once NFL free agency starts on Tuesday, but he's a player that is likely to get the attention of several teams. The outside linebacker was drafted in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL Draft, and never worked himself into a starting position with the Dallas Cowboys.

According to a report, Butler is landing on the New York Jets' radar.

The Jets aren't expected to make a big splash when free agency officially starts on Tuesday, but new general manager John Idzik hopes to make some smart economic signings to fill areas of need for a team that missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

The Daily News has learned that the Jets are targeting Cowboys outside linebacker Victor Butler to fill one of those need areas. Gang Green released outside linebacker Calvin Pace a few weeks ago and unrestricted free agent Bryan Thomas isn't expected to re-sign with the team.

He has good size, speed, and athleticism, and should be able to compete for a starting spot, depending on where he lands after free agency begins.

Butler played college ball at Oregon State, and has tallied 11 total sacks in the NFL.

Stay tuned...

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