Cowboys’ Brice Butler Wants To Start

On the cusp of free agency, wide receiver Brice Butler says he’ll go elsewhere unless he’s given a bigger role with the Cowboys. In interviews with FS1’s “Undisputed” and “The Herd,” Butler made his position crystal clear (transcription via the Dallas Morning News). Brice Butler

With Dallas, the situation has to be right for me to go back. I have to be a starter. If I’m not starting, I’m not going back,” Butler said.

The 27-year-old (28 later this month) also opined that he could have been more productive that teammate Dez Bryant had he been given the same number of targets. Butler finished out with just 15 catches for 317 yards and three touchdowns versus Bryant’s 69 catches for 838 yards and six TDs, so it’s a bold claim on his part.

“100 percent,” said Butler when asked if he could have topped Bryant’s stat line with an equal number of opportunities. “Because I’m ready. It’s my time, I’ve been there for three years. I feel like me and Dak [Prescott] have a really good relationship. We work on routes. There’s times that we might not have completed a square-out throw in practice, and we’re taking that time out in practice to actually work on it. So I think that’s why when you saw us in the game, he tried to come to me, and most of the times we produced.

It remains to be seen whether Butler’s bravado will be appreciated by Jerry Jones & Co. Butler is scheduled to hit the open market in March after the conclusion of his one-year $1.1MM deal.

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14 comments on “Cowboys’ Brice Butler Wants To Start

    • ray_derek

      He should be starting, it’d be the Cowboys loss and another teams gain.

  1. poynter34

    Said it all year that he needed more snaps. When he was on field he produced.

  2. mazzith

    Maybe if he was better he would have forced them to play him more. Also helps if ya quit dropping passes when you’re given a chance.

    • GeauxRangers

      Three guys making more money ahead of him not to mention Witten not coming off the field. What are ya gonna do?

  3. bigjonliljon

    He gone. Jerry not going to sign after those comments. Would really split the WR meeting room apart

  4. card collector18

    He’s talented enough for a 4string and special teams tackler

  5. Thronson5

    I doubt Dez is staying so you might as well sign him. I think you could clearly see Bryant’s production dip once Dak took over at QB, it’s like they just didn’t have the same chemistry that Bryant and Romo had and Dez has said he isn’t taking a discount to stay and I think the Cowboys are a team that doesn’t have a ton of salary cap. Might as well sigh this guy and start him.

  6. justinkm19

    Go get Christian Kirk and let Brice and Dez start on the outside. Terrance and his body catching can be traded or released

  7. itslonelyatthetrop

    I’m pretty sure Dez is going to get cut. So, he should have the chance to earn a starting job.

  8. SouthsideSlugger

    Yeah I should start too. I once threw four touchdowns in one game!

  9. bestno5

    He can go. He dropped so many balls when he had chances to perform and he dropped them in big situations over the past 2 seasons

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