Barrett Ruud to Saints: Seahawks Trade Veteran LB to New Orleans

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Barrett Ruud to Saints: Seahawks Trade Veteran LB to New Orleans
Fernando Medina-US PRESSWIRE

The New Orleans Saints have acquired linebacker Barrett Ruud from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick, according to a report by NewOrleansSaints.com.

The veteran defender has played seven NFL seasons, six of which were with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who drafted him in the second round in 2005.

Ruud signed with the Tennessee Titans in 2011 as a free agent and then signed with the Seattle Seahawks last spring.

He has tallied more than 640 tackles, seven interceptions and six forced fumbles during his NFL career. 

 

What It Means

Ruud will return to the NFC South, where he led the Bucs defense for six seasons. He'll get to go head-to-head against some of his old teammates at least twice this season. 

Also, the Saints add a veteran to help boost their linebacker corps that suffered a mighty blow this offseason with the suspension of Jonathan Vilma.

The addition of Ruud was certainly in response to New Orleans' mediocre defensive play a season ago. The Saints ranked 12th against the run in 2011 and 30th against the pass. Ruud can help them improve in both areas.

 

What Happens Next

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The former Nebraska standout is only 29 years old and can still play at a high level. Last season with the Tennessee Titans, Ruud recorded 57 tackles and an interception in only nine games. He and the Saints will hope that he can return to top form in 2012.

Draft picks are precious in the NFL, so the fact that the Saints were willing to part ways with a future selection in exchange for Ruud must mean that defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has plans to use the veteran this season. 

There is no doubting that Ruud is an intelligent defender and a sure tackler in the open field. Those dependable attributes should make him a successful player in New Orleans.

 

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