Chargers Extend Linebacker Donald Butler
3/4/14 – by James Fedewa
The San Diego Chargers kept one of their own and resigned/extended 26 year old inside linebacker Donald Butler to a new 7 year contract. The details of the contract are very detailed, with $12 million guaranteed and in $48 million over seven years. In reality, the contact looks like two contacts; 3 year/$20 million, followed by 4 years (with a lot of incentive bonuses).
Looks like General Manager Tom Telesco had to get creative to get the Chargers Defensive Captain Butler signed. Butler wanted $6 million per, with $12 million guaranteed, and it looks like Butler got what he was asking for. Paying young players and keeping your own players sets great examples for motivation in a locker room. The franchise tag on Butler (linebackers) would have cost the Chargers $11.5 million for one season.
The Charges inside linebacker combination of Butler and Manti Te’o looks to grow and flourish, for at least the next three years.