The list of notable Friday cuts now includes inside linebacker Donald Butler.
Butler was released by the Arizona Cardinals, according to ESPN.
Butler’s job stability has taken a surprising turn since the San Diego Chargers awarded him with a mega seven-year, $51.8 million contract in 2014. At the time, Butler’s deal was the second-largest total dollar value for any inside linebacker in the league. It was a payday he never quite lived up to in San Diego.
Last season he lost his starting spot to promising young linebacker Denzel Perryman and only combined for 43 tackles for the season.
The Chargers deemed the seventh-year linebacker expendable and released him in March.
Arizona signed Butler in July in hopes of shoring up its linebacker unit. The veteran didn’t have an impressive preseason and fell to third on the team’s depth chart before he was released.
Butler has 373 tackles, 7 sacks and 3 interceptions in his career.
The Cardinals also released safety Chris Clemons, according to ESPN.
The 30-year-old Clemons re-signed with the Cardinals in February. He appeared in eight games over two years in Arizona. He spent his first five seasons with the Miami Dolphins.
Clemons career totals include 283 tackles, 17 passes defended and 4 interceptions.