As it was noted on Friday, the moves made to get the roster to 53 players was far from final. With five tight ends, nine linebackers and only four cornerbacks, most figured that some waiver action was going to happen. Things happened as expected and the Arizona Cardinals brought in two cornerbacks they claimed off of waivers.
Butler was a fifth-round selection of the Steelers in 2010. A season ago, he played in four games and logged one tackle on the year.
Before his senior season in college at Clemson, he was projected as high as a first rounder. He slipped because of a disappointing senior year.
He got caught in the numbers game in Pittsburgh and was let go.
He will rejoin Ray Horton, who was the defensive backs coach in Pittsburgh last year. The familiarity will likely help him a lot.
At 6-0, 190 lbs, he has speed (4.43 40 time before the 2010 draft), he is a player with talent. He was only thrown at 14 times his senior season. He sounds lot like A.J. Jefferson in that sense.
A Steelers fan in Tyler's waiver claim and Chester Taylor post said this about Butler:
Good pick up with Crezdon Butler.
He was the victim of a logjam of young corners on our team, we took the two rookies from this class over him as their upside seems to be higher.
I don't' think he's an all-star waiting to happen, but he should be a serviceable reserve even if he never develops from where he is now. He could still turn into a very good starting corner, and we really are sad to see him go, especially with us keeping Willie Gay again.
Good signing of Ray Horton as well, he was a really good DB coach, hope he does well at DC.
As noted by the Steelers blog Behind the Steel Curtain, Butler makes the sixth former Pittsburgh player to sign with the Cardinals since Ken Whisenhunt took over.