After making the initial 53-man roster for the New England Patriots, former UConn Husky cornerback Darius Butler found himself out of the NFL when he was cut on Tuesday afternoon. Luckily for him, it wasn’t for too long.

New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, left, holds onto a pass while being covered by teammate Darius Butler, right, during NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass. , Sunday, July 31, 2011.Marc Bertrand of 98.5 The Sports Hub tweeted earlier that Butler had been claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers. And a recent tweet from Butler has confirmed this.

I’m on my way!

Butler was a second round pick out of UConn in the 2009 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He’s relatively inexpensive being due $582,500 this year and $770,000 in 2012. 

They’ll be a familiar face for him there as well as former UConn LB Lawrence Wilson was signed to the Panthers practice squad on Monday.

Hopefully this change of scenario will get Butler back on track with his career.

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