Brice Butler works out for Oakland
With Antonio Brown long gone and their passing game in need of a jolt, the Oakland Raiders might bring back one of their own. According to Jane Slater of NFL Network, free-agent receiver Brice Butler, a seventh-round pick of the Raiders in 2013, worked out for Oakland on Friday.
“WR Brice Butler tells me he worked out for the Raiders today ahead of their trip to Minnesota,” Slater wrote on Twitter. “Tells me he would love to rejoin the team and QB Derek Carr. A 7th round pick for them in 2013, he believes he could be another weapon for them on the outside.”
Butler played for the Miami Dolphins last season, appearing in six games and catching six passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. He was with the Dolphins throughout the offseason, too, but was one of their final cuts ahead of the regular season.
The San Diego State product has spent most of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, who acquired him a trade with the Raiders in September 2015 after superstar wideout Dez Bryant suffered an injury in the season-opener. Butler went on to play four seasons in Dallas, serving as a reliable depth option at receiver and valued member of special teams units. His best season came in 2017, when he had a career-highs of 317 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
The Raiders acquired wide receiver and return specialist Dwayne Harris from the Green Bay Packers earlier this week, another indication that coach Jon Gruden is less than satisfied with the pass-catching weapons afforded to franchise quarterback Derek Carr.