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Browns notes: Free-agent OLB Victor Butler taking physical for team today

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 25, 2013

Victor Butler

As expected, free-agent outside linebacker Victor Butler is visiting the Browns today after arriving in Northeast Ohio on Sunday.

Butler is taking a physical for the Browns this afternoon, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Butler, who spent the past four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, ended his two-day visit with the New Orleans Saints on Friday and left without a contract, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He also reportedly visited the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Butler, 25, played outside linebacker last season in ex-Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s 3-4 scheme and compiled 25 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles. He started one of the 16 games in which he appeared for the Cowboys. In the four seasons since the Cowboys picked Butler in the fourth round (No. 110 overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, he has tallied 11 sacks.

The Browns beat out the Saints to land former Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger in free agency, the Times-Picayune reported. The Browns also signed former Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Quentin Groves this month, but they’re obviously still looking to bolster the pass rush in defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s 3-4 multi-front scheme.

QB to visit

University of Arizona quarterback Matt Scott is set to visit the Browns April 9 or April 10 after coming from another pre-draft visit with the Buffalo Bills, a league source told the Beacon Journal.

Browns CEO Joe Banner said the organization plans to host 30 prospects for pre-draft visits.

Scott has already spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and also has plans to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to the Toronto Sun.

The 6-foot-2, 213-pound Scott has the athletic skills needed to run the read-option offense, which Browns coach Rob Chudzinski used the past two seasons while serving as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. projects Scott as a fourth- or fifth-round pick.

As a fifth-year senior last season, Scott started every game and completed 301-of-499 passes (60.3 percent) for 3,620 yards and 27 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He then threw two touchdown passes in the final 42 seconds of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl to lead the Wildcats to a record of 8-5 and a 49-48 victory over Nevada.

In 2009, Scott won a quarterback competition against former teammate Nick Foles, who’s now with the Eagles, and started the first three games of his sophomore season. However, Scott struggled and was demoted. He started only 17 games during his collegiate career.

Not interested

The Browns have not contacted anyone about signing tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. despite him making a statement to the contrary today during an appearance on NFL Network’s NFL AM.

Winslow, whose career has been plagued by injuries, said he has heard from the Browns, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Winslow, 29, and Chudzinski spent time together at the University of Miami and in Cleveland while Chudzinski served as offensive coordinator during a previous stint. The Browns, though, aren’t pursuing a reunion with Winslow, whom Cleveland picked in the first round (No. 6 overall) of the 2004 draft.

The Browns signed tight ends Kellen Davis and Gary Barnidge this offseason. They view Jordan Cameron as the favorite to start at tight end with Davis and Barnidge adding depth.


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