Take a deep breath, Saints fans. It's going to be OK. Victor Butler's injury will not derail the Saints' season.

I wasn't as high on Butler as colleague Mike Triplett. While I see Butler's season-ending knee injury as certainly a blow to the Saints' defense, I think it's far from a "devastating" one. The Saints have enough depth to withstand the impact of his loss and enough time to plan to compensate for it.

First of all, let's set the record straight: Butler was far from dominant player. Sure, he was a solid addition, a veteran player in his prime who was penciled in to start at strongside linebacker. But I don't think anyone in Saints camp saw him as a difference maker.

After all, if Butler were such a force, he'd have been tried at the Jack linebacker spot instead of the strongside position. As I wrote last week, the Jack is the glamor position in the 3-4 scheme. It's the play-making spot. New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan knows Butler well from their time together in Dallas. If he felt Butler was the best pass rusher on the defense he'd have had him at Jack instead of Will Smith and Junior Galette, the two guys who were seeing the majority of snaps at the Jack.

Moreover, the Saints weren't paying Butler to be a major player. Butler signed a two-year deal that would pay him a maximum of $3 million in that span. That's bargain-basement compensation for a starting outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. If the Saints or anyone else felt he was a difference maker he'd have earned a much more lucrative deal on the open market.

And third, his statistics were only modest with Dallas. He never had more than three sacks in a season and didn't make a dent in the two games he started, totaling two tackles and zero sacks in more than 90 snaps. In fact, his totals of 25 tackles and three sacks in 289 snaps last season were roughly the same as Galette's numbers (21 tackles, five sacks) in 298 snaps. The difference: Galette was credited with about twice as many quarterback pressures.