Victor Butler visited four teams during his free agency tour – the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and the New Orleans Saints.

He was high on New Orleans, having played with Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan for the past two seasons in Dallas, but he wanted to know more. He wanted to learn more about the city and the other coaches and personnel he would be working with if he decided to sign with the Black and Gold.

On his visit with the Saints last Friday, he had lunch with Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis and other staff members in the team cafeteria. That lunch ended up being one of the determining factors in his decision to agree to terms with the Saints on Thursday.

“Lunch with Mickey was phenomenal,” said Butler. “I know it was a business lunch, but it was more of a personal talk. Mickey asked about my family, my background and how I liked New Orleans so far. He really took the time to get to know me as a person and I respect that. When you bring somebody into an organization you want to know what kind of person they are.

“I know Rob Ryan well and I am familiar with his scheme, but after sitting down and talking to Sean Payton and the other guys I felt it was a great fit. "

While visiting the four different NFL cities, Butler said he kept thinking about one factor that would narrow his decision.

“The chance to come in and compete is all I wanted in this free agency opportunity,” said Butler. “After sitting down and talking with everybody, I felt like my best chance to compete and be a part of a winning team was in New Orleans.”