Panthers pounce on CB Darius Butler

The Carolina Panthers didn’t waste any time making a move for Darius Butler when the former second-round draft pick was cut loose by the New England Patriots.

The Panthers, who sit atop the NFL’s waiver wire process by virtue of their finish last season, have placed a claim for Butler and according to Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette he is expected to be at practice today.

Carolina has been hunting for help at cornerback and Butler could provide it. Butler fell out of favor with Patriots coach Bill Belichick but he started five games as a rookie in 2009 and made three interceptions.

The Panthers didn’t need to clear space for Butler because they had not replaced Marcus Harrison, the defensive tackle who failed his physical. The team is believed to be seeking help at defensive tackle, and the roster will continue to turn over as the season goes along.

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