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Donald Butler, Chargers agree to deal

Donald Butler, San Diego Chargers agree to dealDonald Butler was a third-round pick by the Chargers in 2010. (John W. McDonough/SI)

The Chargers defense got a big boost Friday, re-signing linebacker Donald Butler to a multiyear deal.

Butler first announced the deal on Twitter. "Feeling blessed! Y'all heard it here first! Deal is done!! SD I aint going no where!! Too excited!!"

The Chargers' linebacker was Greg Bedard's 46th-ranked free agent. "Didn’t have a great season in 2013," Bedard wrote. "But Butler was a good player the previous two seasons. His battle with injuries will keep the price tag down." Terms of the deal weren't immediately available. San Diego was the 23rd-ranked defense last season in terms of yards allowed.

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With Butler off the market, teams looking for inside linebacking help in free agency may be disappointed. Only Baltimore's Daryl Smith and Arizona's Karlos Dansby were ranked ahead of Butler on Bedard's free agent list, and both seem likely to return to their incumbent teams. Other notable free agents at linebacker: Cincinnati's Vincent Rey, Washington's Perry Riley, New England's Brandon Spikes, Minnesota's Desmond Bishop, and New York's Jon Beason.
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