Victor Butler LB ARI 6 Days

Butler signed with the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Butler was cut by the Saints in training camp after he was slow to recover from an ACL tear that sidelined him all of last season. He'll provide the Cardinals with some depth at outside linebacker.

Victor Butler LB ARI 28 Days

Butler (undisclosed) will be released by the Saints, Kristian Garic of 105.3 FM reports.

Butler has been injured for a large chunk of training camp, and with the linebacker carrying a $1.5 million cap hit, the Saints determined that he was expendable. Even if he had returned to full health, Butler had little chance of beating out either Junior Galette or Keyunta Dawson for either of the starting jobs at outside linebacker.

Victor Butler LB ARI 1 Month

After a fast start to training camp, Butler (undisclosed) has been sidelined for nearly two weeks, including missing Wednesday's final practice in West Virginia, with an undisclosed injury, reports ESPN.com.

In the Saints' unofficial depth chart released last week in advance of the team's first preseason game, Butler was listed behind both Junior Galette and Keyunta Dawson at one of the starting outside linebacker positions. Butler's shot at a starting spot - and his path of fantasy relevance - is in serious jeopardy, and he may even find himself out of a roster spot if he can't show the Saints he can stay on the field.

Victor Butler LB ARI 4 Months

Saints OLB Victor Butler has been a full participant in OTAs.

Victor Butler LB ARI 5 Months

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reports the team had "high hopes" for OLB Victor Butler before he tore his ACL last June.

Butler inked a two-year deal last March but missed the 2013 season. His return should give New Orleans' pass rush a big jolt. Butler managed 11 sacks across four seasons in Dallas on very limited snaps behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. Butler's addition should allow DC Rob Ryan to play more odd fronts.

Victor Butler LB ARI 7 Months

Saints OLB Victor Butler could have voided the 2014 season on his contract by playing 57.5 percent of New Orleans' 2013 defensive downs.

Instead, Butler remains the Saints' property for $1.4 million after missing the entire season with a torn ACL. Still just 26 years old, Butler's healthy return could give DC Rob Ryan's defense a 2014 spark. He was a very efficient pass rusher in Dallas, despite playing limited snaps behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. The Saints need an explosive bookend for Junior Galette.

Victor Butler LB ARI 8 Months

Saints OLB Victor Butler (knee) hopes to be full go for OTAs.

Victor Butler LB ARI 9 Months

Saints placed OLB Victor Butler on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

Butler had been on reserve/PUP after tearing his ACL in June. His three-week window to be activated closed on Wednesday. Butler was never expected to contribute this season. He signed a two-year, $3 million deal last March.

Victor Butler LB ARI 10 Months

Saints OLB Victor Butler (knee, PUP) has resumed practicing.

The Saints now have a three-week window to activate Butler. He's just four months removed from tearing up his knee, and is not expected to contribute this season despite today's news. Butler is signed through 2014. Provided he's healthy, he should earn a roster spot next summer. Butler was viewed as an ascendant player before going down.

Victor Butler LB ARI Aug 27 '13

Saints placed OLB Victor Butler (ACL surgery) on the reserve/PUP list.

Butler is technically eligible to return in Week 8, but is fully expected to miss the whole season after going down in June. Perhaps the Saints' dire pass-rushing situation has them taking an optimistic view with Butler's recovery, but it's a hail mary that's not going to connect. Signed through 2014, Butler should be 100 percent for next summer's camp. He was an ascendant player before going down.