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    James Butler willing to restructure contract

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    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch believes Rams SS James Butler has agreed to restructure his contract, which called for $3 million this season and $3.5 million in 2012. He's lost his starting job to Quintin Mikell. Butler was a candidate for release, but was at the Rams' Saturday morning walk-through. It's a pretty good sign he's agreed to a pay-cut, and will be ready to practice when veterans who have signed new deals are allowed to resume practicing in training camp.

    Glad to see the team first aspect of him coming through. He should provide veteran presence for our young safeties.


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    Re: James Butler willing to restructure contract

    And good depth. Maybe not your ideal starter, but you can't have a stockpile of starting caliber players in a backup role. I'll gladly keep him around as a backup.

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    Re: James Butler willing to restructure contract

    The Rotoworld entry was citing this PD article...

    Bell a no-show at Rams camp; Butler on sidelines
    BY JIM THOMAS | Posted: Saturday, July 30, 2011 10:52 am

    Asked to take a pay cut to help give the St. Louis Rams some salary cap relief, offensive guard Jacob Bell was a no-show at the team's walk-through on Saturday morning.

    The brisk walk-through, which lasted about 1 hour 15 minutes, was the team's first on-the-field practice of training camp. The players wore no pads, and several worked wearing baseball caps. The team will have a full practice this afternoon.

    In addition, safety James Butler was on the sidelines for Saturday's walk-through. There has been no indication that he is injured, so it's a pretty strong hint that he has restructured his deal to help the team's cap situation. (Veterans who sign or re-sign deals cannot be on the practice field until the new collective bargaining agreement is approved _ which will be no later than Aug. 4.)

    Bell, the team's starting left guard for the past three seasons, counts $7.2 million against the cap. Butler, coming off a season in which he was slowed by injury and did not regain his starting job, was scheduled to count $3.3 million against the cap this season.

    Other notes from the morning walk-through:

    _ The only draft pick not on the field was first-round defensive end Robert Quinn, who has yet to agree on a deal.

    _ Newly acquired free agents S Quintin Mikell and CB Al Harris were on the sidelines watching _ again, because of the rule that veterans can't practice until the CBA is approved.

    _ That rule also affected the Rams' six restricted and exclusive rights free agents, who all watched Saturday: DE C.J. Ah You, WR Danny Amendola, LB Chris Chamberlain, OT Renardo Foster, G/C John Greco, and LB David Vobora.

    _ Looks like DE Chris Long has changed jersey number. He was wearing No. 91 Saturday instead of his usual 72.

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    Re: James Butler willing to restructure contract

    It's difficult to predict which defensive backs will make the roster I don't see the Rams carrying more than 4 safeties and they have Mikell, Stewart, Dahl, Butler, Hines and Nelson all competing for those spots. Should be interesting to see who wins out.

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    Re: James Butler willing to restructure contract

    Remember Roster sizes have expanded and Spags loves versatile safeties and uses them in many different roles like at LB and as blitzers as well as traditional deep half safeties and he will rotate plenty of guys of the bench. I could definitely see him keeping 5 leaving nelson as the odd man out on the practice squad.

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