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Free-agent outside linebacker Victor Butler to visit Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 22, 2013

	Victor Butler’s skill-set falls in line with what the Jets need with the loss of Pace and Thomas.

Free-agent outside linebacker Victor Butler is set to visit the Browns on Sunday and Monday, a league source confirmed tonight for the Beacon Journal.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune first reported the visit tonight.

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

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 Browns also signed former Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Quentin Groves this offseason, but they’re still obviously looking to boost their pass rush in defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s 3-4 multi-front scheme.

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