Butler to stay with Steelers

Linebackers coach spurns Colts request

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The Indianapolis Colts have already filled one coordinator position with a former Steelers assistant coach. But they are not going to fill the other that way.

Linebackers coach Keith Butler has decided against interviewing for the defensive coordinator position with the Colts and is going to remain with the Steelers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has learned.

Butler was scheduled to interview with new Colts coach Chuck Pagano today in Indianapolis, but he changed his mind and canceled the trip after meeting Monday with team president Art Rooney II and coach Mike Tomlin.

Butler was told after the 2009 season he will be the team's defensive coordinator when Dick LeBeau retires -- a handshake agreement that was made when Butler turned down the Miami Dolphins offer to become their defensive coordinator.

It is not known what was said at Monday's meeting, but Butler was likely given a stronger guarantee -- not to mention a hefty new contract -- about when he might replace LeBeau, who is 74.

Last year, the Steelers prevented Butler from interviewing for the defensive coordinator position in Arizona by refusing to grant permission to the Cardinals to speak to him.

However, the Steelers could not do that this time because Butler did not have a contract for next season.

Meantime, the Steelers search for an offensive coordinator will continue after one of their candidates, former Colts coach Jim Caldwell, was hired to be the quarterbacks coach in Baltimore.

Caldwell, who was fired after the 2011 season, was at the Steelers offices Saturday and interviewed with Tomlin about replacing Arians as offensive coordinator.

Arians, who was not offered a contract to return for the 2012 season, was in Indianapolis Monday to finalize a deal to become the new offensive coordinator for the Colts -- a move that comes 10 days after the Steelers announced he was retiring.

Arians, though, never had any intention of retiring. His departure from the team was phrased that way only because the Steelers would not renew his contract.


Gerry Dulac: gdulac@post-gazette.com and Twitter @gerrydulac.


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