One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, as the saying goes. Today the New England Patriots released cornerback Darius Butler. Aside from the countless media reports this was confirmed by Butler himself on Twitter.
Excuse me as I state the obvious but the Raiders need help at corner…desperately.
Now Butler is by no means the answer. The Pats cut the dude free for a reason. A former second round pick back in ’09, Butler was an occasional starter as a rookie. However his second season saw his role drastically reduced eventually leading to his release today.
Still, he’s got all the markings of an Al Davis guy.
Butler has Raider speed as he’s been clocked in the low 4.4-second range in the 40. He’s also got a sick 43-inch vertical leap. And then there’s the fact that he played on the same UConn squad as Tyvon Branch.
All things being considered, the Raiders need a corner with NFL experience ASAP. As we saw in the preseason, it’s going to take time for the young corners to blossom. Butler himself is still a work in progress but at least he’s had a taste of what it takes to make it in this league under Bill Belichick. Given the history of the Raiders and Patriots in recent years it only seems right to pillage the Pats’ leftovers.