With Marshall gone, Butler eyes a chance

Posted by Darren Urban on March 15, 2012 – 3:11 pm

Next to the now-empty locker where Richard Marshall was once housed — his name plate was already gone Thursday morning — Crezdon Butler sat, having finished another rehab workout, knowing that he may have lost a neighbor but gained an opportunity.

“I would say that,” Butler said. “I’m just trying to get back 100 percent.”

Marshall left as a free agent Wednesday night. Butler, along with fellow rehabber Greg Toler, are among the pieces to replace him. If you don’t know much about Butler — or even remember he was on the team — that’s OK. He was a blip on the radar screen for many. Butler was claimed off of waivers Sept. 5 after the Steelers cut him. He played in the season opener against the Panthers, but in practice the next week, he went down with a dislocated ankle, wrecking the ligaments inside. He wasn’t put on injured reserve until Sept. 20, but almost from the moment it happened the Cards knew he was probably done for the season.

At that point, having been with the Cards for about 10 days before the injury, “I didn’t get to really talk to everybody,” Butler said. “I didn’t even meet all the coaches yet.”

That’s not a problem anymore. He didn’t go home, which, given his surgery, he could have done at least for a little while. He stuck around, met all those people he had not yet. He began working out with Brett Fischer. Now he expects to be back for OTAs, has been studying the playbook at home and getting ready for multiple positions: cornerback, nickel back, and “a little safety.”

“We’ll see,” Butler added.

Butler said he has a “bond” with defensive coordinator Ray Horton, no surprise since Horton was his defensive backs coach in Pittsburgh. He’s also gotten to be good friends with Toler, himself coming off major knee surgery and probably the key component in the Marshall decision (the Cards didn’t match the Dolphins’ offer). A healthy Toler — which must be shown on the field, of course — could change outlooks when it comes to Marshall’s departure, and the Cards are undoubtedly counting on it.

“We have been working so hard, pushing to get back to where we were before our injuries,” Butler said. “I guess (fans) will have to wait and see because we can’t say how good or bad it will feel when we get out there.”

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27 Responses to “With Marshall gone, Butler eyes a chance”

  1. By SteveG on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    An unsentimental business is our passion, the NFL. Graves has said many times, every player has a number, if you can make more than that number? You should take it.

    Looking forward to the OTA’s!! (thankfully, last year’s off-season is but a nasty fading memory).

  2. By CDJ on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    good heart and i like his work ethic if he was preparing for a little bit of everything, how long is he signed with the team?

  3. By Darren Urban on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    CDJ —

    RE: Butler

    He is signed through 2012.

  4. By Andy K on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Is the team planning to sign CB William Gay, WR Jerricho Cotchery, G Chris Kemoeatu or T Trai Essex from Pittsburgh?

  5. By Darren Urban on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Andy K —

    RE: Steelers FAs

    No idea.

  6. By Brwnie on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren

    What is your take on Peyton Manning being interested in the Cardinals?

  7. By Kurt on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    It will be great getting Crezdon and Greg back on the field…

  8. By Faux Darren on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    (Darren, I got this.)

    Brwnie –

    RE: Manning

    He visited. He’s interested.

  9. By earlbb88cards on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Funny Funny :everyone thinks PM going to Titans but they forget one major issue, he would have to get his #18 from Kenny Britt, he wont wear the 18 thats a no go for sure.?.lol lol nobody said that yet.

  10. By johnnybluenose on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    darren. as far as i know,early doucet and levi brown have not been swooped up. assuming we don’t sign manning within the next 24 hours do we make a strong effort to sign them?

  11. By Travis McCollum on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Crezdon Butler has got some talent and be nice to see him use it

  12. By AndyStandsUp on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    @ Faux Darren,
    Close, but the sarcasm has to be thicker – like dripping- from- your- chin sarcasm.

    No, the other chin.

  13. By Ditship on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    earlbb88cards –

    Re: #18

    I think Kenny Britt would have a hard time keeping a hold of that number if Manning decides to sign with the Titans. Just like I imagine Stephen Williams wouldn’t put up much of a fight giving up his if PM does decide to come to AZ.

  14. By azfiremagoo on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    would love to have marshall back that is the business. can’t pay that much for nickel corner. PP, toler, money mike (if he was 6’1″ would be pro bowler), aj, marshay, and crezdon (knows the scheme which helps). gotta roll with these guys and i am ok with that. toler plays very physical which fits horton.

  15. By CreditCard on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    I thought the loss of Tolar and somewhat Butler realy hurt the cards last year — especially at the beginning of the season. These guys gives the cards nice match-ups against other teams.

  16. By Gerald Jones on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    I say let Kolb go. If no Manning, then Skelton is our guy

  17. By Thomas77 on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry to hi-jack the thread Darren, but I gotta say something about this.

    So the Dolphins were NEVER at the top of Mannings interested places to play?! Dude. Honestly, I always felt AZ had the upper hand against those guy’s, but I could not ignore all the “Insiders” saying how the Dolphins had the top spot. After a day or two of constant “Dolphins are the favorite” type statements. I finally gave in, thinking they had to know something none of us did. Now we find out that Peyton had no desire to meet these guy’s and that it took Dan Marino to convince him to at least talk to them?! Seriously? I’m not sure who the biggest loser is here; the Dolphins, or the so-called “NFL Insiders”. In spite of all the hype around Denver, I could not accept the idea of Manning ever playing there. Even now, in spite of their Cap space, I still find it hard to see him playing in that stadium, in that weather, in a run first offense, with no receivers to throw to. Although, I do honestly think that Tennesse is a hot spot for Manning. And based on the way all the pundits, “insiders” and, “analysts” have spoken about (or not spoken about) the Cardinals, I started to feel that they were losing ground. However, with this breaking news, I honestly can’t, in good conscience, rule out the Red-Birds simply because these analysts think they’re in the “second tier”. So I suppose, we just gotta wait it out. By 1 PM tomorrow, we’ll know whether or not Manning will be a Cardinal, by his own admission, not some highly analyst with an East coast bias….

  18. By G. Witt on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    There is more incentive for PM to go to the Titans: 1. Lucrative contract 2. His wife’s family lives in the area. 3. Wants the best place for his kids. 4. Where he played College Ball. 5. Wheather is pretty good. 6. Cards only have until 1:00 or 1:30 pm Az. time to pay Klob or release him .
    My gut feeling tells me PM won’t make a decision by that time and we’ll keep Kolb.

  19. By Andy on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    I just read on espn that Levi Brown just signed a five-year contract with the cards. Is this true?

  20. By Darren Urban on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Andy —

    RE: Levi

    Nothing official. But I expect something Friday.

  21. By danger49 on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    come on cards start doing something! I knew we would sign brown again but where is the beast at lt that we need. We got snyder? ranked 32nd on the right guard list and was sf weakest link. we have many weak links because were cheap! if manning don’t sign were screwed because we waited for nothing. same old cards year after year!

  22. By azfancolo on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, is it true that Levi Brown just resigned?

  23. By iluvbugel on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    I personally don’t understand why Peyton would want to go to Denver or Tennessee over us. We have Fitz, the best indoor stadium in the NFL, an up and coming defense and we are in a weak division. Management just has to find a way to pay the man. The only thing Tennessee really has is the home town factor. I have absolutely no idea what Denver has outside of a long retired QB as president.

  24. By @bobstroup on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    It took 4 posts to derail from Crezdon to Peyton. SMH

  25. By @bobstroup on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    follow @butlerboy28 aka Crezdon Butler

  26. By johnnybluenose on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    hey iluvbugel. i agree with everything you wrote except your comment about our weak division. i expect the niners to be strong again although they won’t catch people by surprise this year like they did in 2011. the rams will be a lot better this year. we have a tough schedule this year. i’m hoping for the best but it will not be easy for us this year.

  27. By coopsta on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    A very lucid comment, sjg

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