Ever since San Diego’s season ended in mid-January, there has not been much to smile about around Murphy Canyon Rd. From the injury saga that is Danario Alexander’s knee, to Malcolm Floyd’s reportedly career-threatening neck problems, to Donald Butler’s high price tag, the offseason started ice cold in San Diego. However, in the past 72 hours, the news has been nothing but good. Donald Butler resigned with the team on Friday and details are now emerging on the deal. According to Ian Rapoport, the first three years of the deal will be worth 20 million (a little over 6 million/year) followed by a team option for the next four years which could be worth almost 9 million/year. Butler will get 12 million guaranteed and 15 additional million if the option is picked up.
The only knock on Butler’s game thus far is his inability to stay healthy. The former Washington Husky has missed a handful of games each season of his career, but has promised to improve his durability after inking his deal. The Bolts protect themselves in this deal. If Butler’s injury problems keep him off the field, they are protected by the team option after three years. However, if Butler continues to improve and becomes a top-tier linebacker, San Diego will have him at a pretty reasonable price for the next seven years. I have to hand it to DB for trusting in his game enough to include the mid-deal option. Basically, Butler is saying he believes he will play well enough to force the team to pick up the option in three years when he is in his prime at 28 years old.
Some more good news was passed along to Chargers nation with Malcolm Floyd being cleared to run. It’s good to see Floyd’s rehab going well, but Bolts’ fans should use cautious optimism with this news. Floyd has said his neck is still pretty sore, and we will have to see how he feels while running. His return could sure up a receiving corps that has suddenly become thin.
Hopefully the good news continues with free agency on the horizon this week.