Panthers Will Not Pick Up Fifth-Year Option On DT Vernon Butler

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (News Release) — The Carolina Panthers have declined to pick up the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Vernon Butler’s rookie contract.

The NFL’s deadline to pick up the option is Friday, May 3.

Butler, the 30th overall selection in the 2016 draft, has totaled 45 tackles and 2.0 sacks over his first three