Ex-safety seeks job with Jaguars

Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler, a lifelong Jacksonville resident, has sent the Jaguars a resume seeking employment either on the coaching staff or in the team's front office, but his name has yet to come up this week in any of coach Jack Del Rio's hirings.<p>

Del Rio Wednesday named Ken Anderson, the Cincinnati Bengals' all-time passing leader, as his quarterbacks coach, along with Carolina Panthers' assistant Alvin Reynolds as the secondary coach and Mike Haluchak of the St. Louis Rams as linebackers coach.

Del Rio is expected to announce the remaining members of their coaching staff today before he leaves for San Diego to attend Super Bowl XXXVII.

Butler, 34, was in Appleton, Wis., on Tuesday to accept the 2003 Red Smith Award for outstanding contribution in football in Wisconsin at the annual banquet. He is currently is employed by ESPN.com and ESPN News as an NFL analyst. He also working on his own autobiography – "The LeRoy Butler Story. Run LeRoy Run: From wheelchair to Lambeau Leap." But Butler told reporters at the Red Smith banquet that he would like to either return to the playing field, coach, or work in an NFL front office within the next six months. Jacksonville, of course, would be an ideal situation.

"I'd like to work in the front office there, or maybe get into coaching there," Butler said. "If not, I'll continue to work with the media, watch football games and let people know the reason why a guy droped that coverage, or why a quarterback did what he did. People like that kind of stuff."

Butler said he never received an offer from the Packers to work in their front office, or as an assistant coach since he retired last July due to a shoulder injury. In the meantime, he sold his house in Green Bay.

"I waited as long as I could for them to come to me and said, 'Wait, maybe something in the future,' anything like that," Butler told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "It never happened. I sold my house and that's it, thank you for your 12 years of service."

Butler said he has not applied with any other NFL team, other than the Jaguars, for a job.

"I know the Jacksonville fans, I know the area," Butler said. "I've done charity work [with the LeRoy Butler Foundation] in this city. I think I can bring a lot to the Jaguars, if not as a secondary coach, then in the day-to-day running of the organization."

Reynolds, 43, was a defensive assistant the past four years with the Panthers, working with Del Rio last year when Del Rio served as Carolina's defensive coordinator. Reynolds also spent three seasons with both the Denver Broncos (1993-95) and Baltimore Ravens (1996-98), serving as a defensive assistant in Denver and secondary coach in Baltimore.


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