Backup linebacker Victor Butler has left the Cowboys for a two-year free-agent deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to a report by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which cited a league source.
The move puts Butler back in the hands of former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who was dismissed in January after two seasons in Dallas.
The move also leaves the Cowboys with nothing to show for the 2009 draft class. The Cowboys had 12 picks in that draft, and the last two remaining -- Butler and tight end John Phillips -- each signed free agent contracts with other teams this year. Only Butler, Phillips, kicker David Bueler and third-string quarterback Stephen McGee lasted more than two years with the Cowboys from that group.
Butler played in 63 games for the Cowboys, started three, and had 11 sacks. He played in all 16 games each of the last two years. Last year, on special teams, he caused a fumble on a punt return that set up a Cowboys comeback victory against Pittsburgh.
-- Carlos Mendez