Former San Diego Chargers Donald Butler, Jimmy Wilson, and John Phillips have all signed deals with new teams as training camps are set to begin. Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com reported the John Phillips to Denver signing today. Josina Anders of ESPN, had the Wilson to Cincinnati news on Twitter:
The #Bengals have signed free agent S Jimmy Wilson, per team.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 28, 2016
And the Butler to Arizona deal was tweeted out yesterday by ESPN's Adam Caplan:
#AzCardinals signed former #Chargers ILB Donald Butler.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) July 27, 2016
None of these players were impact players with the Chargers and none of them can be expected to have any impact with their new teams either. John Phillips is a capable third tight end and a passable TE2. The Broncos cut a guy I'd never heard of from their 90-man roster to make room for him. That seems about right.
Jimmy Wilson played for the Chargers. You might not remember him even though it was very recent. He's mediocre-to-okay and will provide adequate depth for the Bengals.
And then there's Donald Butler. Chargers fans will now get to boo him during both the joint practice and a preseason game. So, there's that. Thank you, Arizona Cardinals. Some will suggest that Bruce Arians is just the man to turn around the long since dead career of the formerly promising inside linebacker. Those people are wrong. Butler has not been any good for years. That will not change now. If it does, though, people should consider starting a church that worships Arians because it would qualify as a miracle.
Anyway, consider this a fun reminder that none of these guys are taking up space on the Chargers roster this year.