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Tomlin & Art II convince Keith Butler to stick around

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

Butler was scheduled to interview with new Colts Coach Chuck Pagano on Tuesday in Indianapolis, but he changed his mind after meeting today 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 he turned down the Miami Dolphins offer to become their defensive coordinator.

It is not known what was said at today’s meeting, but Butler was likely given a stronger indication — not to mention a hefty new contract — about when he might replace LeBeau, who is 74.

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