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Cardinals Add WR Brice Butler

Posted Apr 2, 2018

Former Cowboy signs two-year contract

The Cardinals signed former Cowboys receiver Brice Butler (19), here making a catch against the Cards in the Hall of Fame game last August.

The Cardinals had lost a couple of wide receivers in free agency, but now they have added one.

Brice Butler, formerly of the Cowboys, signed a two-year contract Tuesday after the Cards saw John Brown (Ravens) and Jaron Brown (Seahawks) depart. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Butler had 90 yards receiving and a touchdown against the Cardinals on “Monday Night Football” in 2017.

"It's a great opportunity to come in and compete," Butler said. 

After Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals are looking for receiving options. The top two options prior to Butler signing were speedy J.J. Nelson and the inexperienced Chad Williams, who played little as a rookie in 2017.

The other receivers on the roster are Carlton Agudosi, Rashad Ross and Cobi Hamilton, who was recently claimed on waivers from the Texans.

“I think we are trying to improve each area of our football team,” coach Steve Wilks said at the recent NFL owners meetings. “Most importantly, we did lose some guys in the receiving corps, and that’s something we have talked about in free agency, as well as address in the draft.

“I think guys can come in and perform and play at a high level. I think it’s what situation they come into and what you put on them.”

Butler, 28, had 15 receptions for 317 yards and three touchdowns in 2017, leading the NFL (among players with at least 15 catches) with his 21.1-yards-per-catch average.

"I'm another big body at receiver that can stretch the defense, and take a short play and make it a big one," Butler said. "I hustle, I grind.

"Obviously Larry has been around for 14 or 15 seasons, so I won't be the veteran in the room, but I've been around the league so I can help the young guys."

A 2013 seventh-round pick of the Oakland Raiders, Butler has 73 receptions for 1,177 yards and eight touchdowns in 61 career games.

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