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Butler Says Giants Will Let Him Explore Free Agency


James Butler was once an undrafted free agent fighting for a job. Now, he’s a Super Bowl winner and 2-year starter with a chance to explore the free-agent market.

Butler said last night the Giants aren’t standing in the way of that opportunity.

“They told me they’re going to let me try out free agency but to keep them posted on what I find out there,” Butler said last night in Manhattan during an appearance at the grand opening of the Diesel store on Fifth Ave.

When asked if he’ll let the Giants match any offer, Butler said, “I’ll give them that opportunity because I want to be here. And I’m going to let the Giants see what’s out there and if they match it, great. If not, I’ve done all I can do in four years with the Giants.”

Even Butler knows the Giants don’t spend a lot of money on the safety position. They let Gibril Wilson walk away without much of a fight at all last year. And in this case, they’re clearly not making a push to retain Butler, 26, before another team gets a crack at him. So the only way he’s coming back is if the market proves to be very cool and he signs a short-term, low-budget offer to stay with the Giants – a la Derrick Ward last season.

So Butler is likely in his last days as a Giant. And he’s okay with that.

“I’m comfortable and satisfied because I’ve enjoyed my time here,” he said. “I’d love to hang around a little longer, but we don’t know what’s going to happen in this business. All I know is I’m looking forward to moving forward, wherever that may be.”

To St. Louis? After all, the Rams’ secondary needs help and Butler certainly knows Steve Spagnuolo’s system.

“That’s an option,” Butler said with a grin. “We know ‘Spags’ is a great coach and he did a great job with the Giants. I’m sure he’ll do a great job with St. Louis, too. We’ll see

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