Chargers sign WR Deon Butler, 2 other free agents
None of the signings made a big splash in free agency. While the biggest name by far among them, Deon Butler can be considered a in line with San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco high-risk, potentially rewarding cheap signing, the other two – Cornelius Brown and Dan DePalma – are training camp/preseason depth signings.
All three players were released by their respective teams at the end of the preseason last August. Though it took the three free agents a different route, they are all now back in the game.
Deon Butler spent parts of four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, who originally selected him out of Penn State in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft. Last year, Deon Butler was released in the final regular season roster cuts after playing all four preseason games. Still, Deon Butler continued to train and rejoined the Seattle Seahawks with the last three games of the 2012 season still remaining on the schedule. Deon Butler was also active for the Seattle Seahawks’ both playoffs games last season. However, Deon Butler appeared in only one game at the end of the 2012 season.
The 27-year-old Deon Butler had the best season of his career in 2012, setting career-highs with 36 receptions for 385 yards and four touchdowns, while starting eight of 13 games. Since then, his production only seems to be gradually dropping. The four-year veteran Deon Butler has caight57 passes for 611 yards and four touchdowns over 34 career games.
The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Deon Butler joins a considerably deep San Diego Chargers receivers corps. He is expected to compete against Malcom Floyd, Danario Alexander (RFA), Robert Meachem, Richard Goodman, Vincent Brown, Eddie Royal and Mike Willie for a roster spot.
Meanwhile, Cornelius Brown’s road was a little tougher as he was unable to sign elsewhere last season after being cut by the Chicago Bears on Aug. 31. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound Cornelius Brown has spent parts of the last two seasons on and off the Chicago Bears’ practice squad. Before that the 2010 undrafted free agent out of UTEP, Cornelius Brown spent his rookie season with the Indianapolis Colts, appearing in 10 games to rack up 26 tackles with three passes defensed five kickoff returns for 102 yards. The 25-year-old Cornelius Brown also drew interest from the CFL during the offseason, before signing with the San Diego Chargers.
The 5-foot-11, 192-pound Dan DePalma spent early 2012 unsigned after being released by the New York Giants, but rejoined the team’s practice squad during the final six weeks of the season. The 2011 undrafted free agent Dan DePalma has spent the past two seasons on the practice squads of both the New York Jets and predominantly the New York Giants. The 23-year-old Dan DePalma has yet to make his NFL debut.