— San Diego Chargers (@chargers) February 28, 2014
— San Diego Chargers (@chargers) March 1, 2014
- Ian Rapoport reports that Donald Butler‘s new contract is a mulit-tiered contract that includes close to $20 million over the first three years.
- After that, there is an option for another four years that would pay him $8 to $9.5 million per season.
- All in all, the contract would come out a seven-year deal that can be worth a total of more than $48 million and includes $28 million guaranteed, depending on what the Chargers elect to do with the option.
- Rapoport adds that Butler will receive $12 million in 2014 and $15 million over first two years of the contract.
- If San Diego picks up the option, then they are looking at paying him another $15 million or so.
Feeling blessed! Y’all heard it here first! Deal is done!! SD I aint going no where!! Too excited!!
— Donald Butler (@DAButler56) February 28, 2014
Recent reports indicated that a deal was likely to be reached before the start of free agent, as the Chargers viewed Butler as their offseason priority.
Butler, 25, totaled 84 tackles, a half sack, one interception and a forced fumble for the Chargers defense in 2013. He figures to be one of the best inside linebackers available in the free agent, assuming that a deal isn’t finalized in the next few weeks.
We had Butler currently listed as the No. 45 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.