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The Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday signed linebacker Donald Butler, who was released by the San Diego Chargers in March. Nick Foles Jersey .Butler, 27, was released by the Chargers on March 3. He completed his fifth season in San Diego in 2015. He had 43 tackles, a half-sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.Butler signed a seven-year, $51.8 million contract extension with San Diego in 2014. He was scheduled to earn $4.65 million in base salary in 2016, and his contract carried a cap hit of $9.28 million for the Chargers. His contract was scheduled to run through the 2020 season.He started nine games in 2015 and 62 of his 71 games with the Chargers. He made just nine starts last season as he was supplanted by rookie Denzel Perryman.Last season was the first in which he finished with fewer than 70 tackles. He had a career-best 96 in his rookie season (2011) and registered five sacks total in his first two seasons. He has just two sacks in the past three seasons.In a corresponding move, the Cardinals released?Quayshawn Nealy.ESPN Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams contributed to this report. Taven Bryan Womens Jersey . The Islanders dealt Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens after less than a year on Long Island. Meanwhile, the Oilers dealt long-time sniper Ales hemsky to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-rounder in 2015. Leonard Fournette Womens Jersey . And follow TSN.ca right through Deadline Day for all the updates. From Pierre LeBrun While Anaheim GM Bob Murray said earlier this season he was not going to trade Jonas Hiller despite the fact hes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, some sources have told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun that Murray might be willing to move another goalie. http:///...iver-jaguars-jersey/ . They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation. THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Jared Goff is ready to show the Los Angeles Rams he was worth the wait.Goff will make his NFL debut Sunday when the No. 1 pick faces the Miami Dolphins as the Rams starting quarterback.I think its time, Goff said after practice Tuesday. Im ready to move forward and play. Im just going to work hard and hopefully win.Goff watched the first nine games of his rookie season on the sideline for the Rams, who have scored an NFL-worst 15.4 points per game with one of the leagues least productive offenses.Veteran Case Keenum has started every game, passing for 2,169 yards with 11 interceptions and nine TDs.Goff will debut in front of his home fans at the Coliseum, where Rams fans frustrated by a dismal offensive season chanted We want Goff! two weeks ago during a loss to Carolina.Were expecting him to play well and win games for us, so its an exciting time for us, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.After weeks of increasing scrutiny on the offenses struggles, Fisher finally decided to see what theyve got in Goff. Los Angeles couldnt score a touchdown in last weekends 9-6 victory over the New York Jets, failing to reach the end zone for the third time in nine games.Los Angeles traded several high draft picks to Tennessee in April to move up to draft Goff, hoping to solve years of underperformance at the NFLs most important position. The Rams also traded up to make a splash in their return to Los Angeles after a 21-year sojourn in St. Louis, where they hadnt made the playoffs since 2004 or had a winning record since 2003.But after Goff didnt beat out Keenum for the job in the preseason, Fisher repeatedly declined to promote the rookie over the past two months even while his offense struggled on almost a weekly basis, saying he wanted Goff to be in an ideal position to succeed.Its increasingly clear that the Rams offense doesnt provide an optimal opportunity for any quarterback, but at least Goff will now be learning on the job.It wasnt a spontaneous decision, Fisher said. It was a progression. Its a gut feel. Its not an easy thing. It takes time, and we gave it time, and it was the right decision. Were looking forward to watching him play. ... Hes going to have some moments, like all young quarterbacks do, but hes going to do welll. Josh Oliver Youth Jersey. The Rams offense is 31st in the NFL with just 308.0 yards per game. Their passing game is ranked 25th with 225.4 yards per game, increasing in recent weeks because of Los Angeles profound struggles running the ball.The Coliseum crowd has been eager for a change, booing the offense and chanting for the rookie while the Rams struggled through a 13-10 loss to Carolina two weeks ago. Los Angeles couldnt score against the Panthers until midway through the fourth quarter.The Rams then failed to reach the end zone against the Jets, but the defense carried them to their first win since early October.Fisher had finally seen enough on the field -- and from Goff in practice -- to warrant the inevitable change.It feels like a long time since Ive got out there and played, Goff said. Im excited to get back out there. ... I saw a lot of stuff from the sidelines, as much as you can see during games, and learned from a lot of the things Case did, good and bad. Its been a long process, I guess, trying to pick up everything and get ready for it. I think I have, and I think Ive been ready for a little while. I feel good, and I feel excited.Goff, who turned 22 last month, was a three-year starter at California in a spread offense bearing little resemblance to the Rams more pro-style schemes. That additional learning curve persuaded the Rams to be patient, but Keenum has struggled along with the Los Angeles offense, repeatedly failing to make big plays in important situations.The veteran has thrown eight interceptions and five TD passes over the past five games for the Rams, who endured a four-game skid before last weekends win.Goff will get his first shot against the Dolphins, who have the NFLs ninth-ranked passing defense with potent pass-rushers Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake, who have combined for 12 sacks.Goff is the first quarterback chosen with the top pick who didnt start his teams opener since JaMarcus Russell in 2007. Since then, Matt Stafford, Sam Bradford, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Jameis Winston had all started their teams first games.---For more NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '
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