Michael Gehlken of the Union-Tribune San Diego writes that the San Diego Chargers aren’t hiding their interest in re-signing free agent ILB Donald Butler.
“He’s our starting Mike linebacker, and he played at a pretty good level this year,” GM Tom Telesco said on Thursday. “I thought he played really well in the playoffs. He’s young. I think his game is still continuing to improve. He’s a guy we’d love to have back, and hopefully, he feels the same.”
- Gehlken adds that Butler is the Chargers “top priority” this offseason and ultimately expects a deal to get done at some point.
- Eric Williams of ESPN.com recently reported that the two sides have resumed contract discussions after talks stalled during the season.
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 have Butler currently listed as the No. 73 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.