Report: Chargers talking extension with LB Donald Butler

donald butlerAccording to the U-T San Diego’s Michael Gehlken the San Diego Chargers have followed through with their promise and will try to work out a contract extension with soon-to-be star linebacker Donald Butler.

Butler wants to be in San Diego and isn’t worried something won’t get worked out.

I’m not too worried,” Butler said. “The numbers will get taken care of between my agent and (general manager Tom) Telesco. I want to stay in San Diego. I think they want me here in San Diego. I love it here. I love the fans. I love my teammates. I’m confident something will get done. I’m not even worried about it.

The team does have an imaginary deadline however. General manager Tom Telesco prefers not to negotiate during the season. So that gives the team about five weeks to sign Butler.

Butler has been a run-stopping machine for the Chargers since the team drafted him with the 79th pick in the 2010 draft. Despite missing four games last season, Butler has led the team in tackles with 172 since his first game in 2011. Butler missed his rookie year due to a torn Achilles he suffered in training camp.

Old general manager A.J Smith probably lets Butler test free agency; I get the feeling Telsco will get the extension done before the season begins. Especially if he wants to win over a fan base that has gotten too used to seeing players leave to become stars elsewhere.