Trade for Saints: The Saints obviously felt they needed added depth at linebacker. David Hawthorne and Curtis Lofton have suffered knee and ankle injuries respectively and their statuses for week 1 are up in the air, while Chris Chamberlain tore his ACL and will be put on IR. However, Ruud, once one of the better linebackers in the league, has had his career decimated by injuries and has been one of the worst linebackers in the league over the past 2 seasons.
In 2010, he was ProFootballFocus’ 49th ranked middle linebacker out of 50, starting 16 games for the Buccaneers, and in 2011, he was their 48th ranked middle linebacker out of 51 and was benched midseason for Colin McCarthy, after starting the first 8 games of the season. This offseason, he signed in Seattle for a minimum contract and lost his starting job very early in the offseason to a mere 2nd round rookie, Bobby Wagner. He comes very cheap for the Saints, an undisclosed draft pick and a veteran’s minimum salary, but he won’t provide anything positive for this team. The fact that they had to give up anything at all for him is ridiculous.
Trade for Seahawks: Ruud wasn’t much use to the Seahawks because he couldn’t give carve out even a situational role behind a rookie. I’m surprised they were able to get anything for him.
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