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Seahawks sign Barrett Ruud, Roy Lewis, Deuce Lutui

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on April 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm with 61 Comments »
April 6, 2012 3:12 pm

The Seahawks strengthened their offensive line, linebacking corps and added depth to their secondary with three signings today.

The team signed guard Deuce Lutui, linebacker Barrett Ruud and defensive back Roy Lewis.

Eric will jump in with more details once he’s off the golf course.

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  1. I guess Deuce was right when he told my son that he thought the Hawks were going to give him an offer. Now my son will want a Lutui jersey, I’m sure of it.

  2. I remember when everyone was disappointed when we didn’t draft Lutui.

    Rudd will be interesting to see how he fits and it’s just plain smart to bring Lewis back. I love how he fits with this team – a perfect role player who helps out in multiple areas!!

  3. Interesting connection here with Lutui in that Pat Ruel was his O line coach at USC. I heard that he ate his way off the Cardinal’s line, so I suppose he may be a long shot to make the team unless he’s joined Jenny Craig.

  4. Where will Ruud play? inside or outside?

  5. read the link Doubter – found this interesting – not sure if it is true or not:

    LB Barrett Ruud: Hated by both Titans and Bucs fans for his weakness as a run defender. But he played behind relatively smaller lines there, and lacks the physicality to shed blocks and drag down players (that’s why the Bucs got Mason Foster to replace him). A smart player, and decent in coverage. Plays sideline-to-sideline. Wouldn’t get excited. Best case scenario is he’s a decent replacement for Hawthorne.

  6. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    training camp fodder if they stick its a plus

  7. grizindabox24 says:

    hawkfaninOK, I am pretty sure all 3 will be on the opening day roster, and Lutui could challenge to start

  8. Ruud will play in the middle. He’s solid. Very solid. He doesn’t fit the sterotypical role of “getting faster” but he fits the role of wanting good, solid players. For those of us worrying about losing Heater, he’s not going to be much of a drop-off. Mike is no longer a worry with respect to needing someone in the first couple of rounds in the draft. Wright, Ruud, and Smith give us a solid trio of starting LBs. Sure, the depth might not be what we want, but there’s plenty of time before the draft and, obviously, the draft itself for later round guys. Very, very good/solid signings.

  9. Lutui – right now- is not starting material. He couldn’t start for Arizona who has a worse line than we do.

    He will have to lose some weight and get some fire back or he will be done!

  10. Seahawks2620 says:

    Ruud is not solid at all.

  11. It looks like we also signed Leroy Hill but no confirmation yet.

  12. Seahawks2620 says:

    Well, I suppose that is a bit crude. He is serviceable, but I would rather see him as depth than a starter. Saying that he is terrible at defending the run is an understatement.

  13. Seahawks2620 says:

    Carson- Where did you hear that?

  14. Seahawks2620 – How is Ruud not a solid signing at this stage of the game (or free agency)? Please tell me. I’d be happier if they had signed Patrick Willis to take over for Heater, but he wasn’t available.

  15. Everything except Lewis seems like a depth signing. Ruud just seems like competition for our young LBs Malcom Smith, Moten Adrian, Mike Morgan and who ever we draft. It’s a smart idea to find somebody to come in on third down that can maybe cover while out front 4 wreck people. I like the Lutui signing as a backup, and maybe PC can get him back in shape. Lewis is a big resigning, the guy is a better press corner than people seem to think, and he deserves that C on his chest.

  16. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    griz, roy lewis is a resign the otgher two are camp fodder with potential. lutui is fat and out of shape, ruud is comming off an injury. i wouldnt be suprised if they were both gone by june and the team picks up a couple more players.

  17. Okay, I’d be fine with him as depth, too. But we can’t have a Pro Bowler at every position. I’d like for us to, but that’s not the way it works. I realize it could be better, but it now also could be worse. I realize he’s not a Pro Bowler, but he doesn’t suck either.

  18. Seahawks2620 says:

    BobbyK- A wonderful signing at this point in free agency. A wonderful signing indeed. I am just livid, due to the fact that we watched almost every decent LB get signed. I just hope by signing Hill and Ruud, they don’t feel as if they have solidified the starting LB crew. I suppose that might be naive, seeing as how they have proven that they bring in plenty of competition for each position. And no need to being sarcastic and snide with me.

  19. Seahawks2620 says:

    BobbyK- Agree, I overreacted. I am done whining.

  20. Hawks85-Ruud isn’t depth/competition for Malcolm Smith. Smith = Will, Ruud = Mike.

  21. hawkfaninoklahoma said ” lutui is fat and out of shape”

    Have you seen him lately? He was too fat and out of shape last year when he went for a physical in Cincy, which is why they didn’t sign him. My son sat next to him this past Monday night on the way back to AZ from Seatown. My son said he looked in really good shape, and Deuce was excited to come play for his college coaches (Carrol and Ruel).

  22. It looks like Hill is listed as back on the Seahawks roster part of the website. It would be nice to have him back to at least carry over from the previous group, and he’s our best run stuffing LB, but he’s a liability in coverage as well. I got to keep reminding myself that PC always finds good young players through competition to fill a hole. Look at how he rebuilt our secondary, offensive line, and WR with young players.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I remember Lutui, (in his rookie year), messing with Tatupu over and over in a game. The more Lutui would say to him the more Tatupu would have that pissed off look on his face. Lol. Must have known that he could get under his skin from their USC days.

  24. I assume all of these contracts aren’t for a whole heck of a lot of money. I like them at minimal signings, but I’d hate them at huge contracts. If Ruud got 2 years for $10 million, I’d be talking about what a stupid signing it was. Instead, I assume it was a minimal signing (which makes it worth it). Heck, if we signed Aaron Rogers as a free agent for 3 years and $150 million, I’d be mad, even though he’s about as good of a QB as there is in the league. Everything must be taken into proper context.

  25. They were all 1 year contracts but I didn’t see how much for any of them

  26. It’s not my money, I’d welcome Aaron Rodgers with open arms!

    To answer your question, seahawks2620, Hill updated his Facebook page that he was back on the team, but hasn’t responded to any of the fans who asked him about it. That’s about as unofficial as it gets, I realize, but in the past it’s been a precursor to an official announcement for many players.

  27. Seahawks2620 says:

    Carson- Oh ok, thank you.

  28. grizindabox24 says:

    Do people really think the Hawks would sign Lutui if he was bigger than the VMAC on his visit?

  29. Sarcasticus says:

    I like the signing of Lewis. I thought he played the bump-and-run really well. He can really jam the receivers at the line.

    Lutui is a decent signing if he is indeed in shape. If nothing else, he provides depth.

    Ruud is a meh signing. He is nothing special and should not be looked at as the new middle linebacker. This should in now way preclude them from upgrading this position. He is a good backup.

  30. Ruud Sucks. Period. Hes worthless against the run, and old and coming off an injruy. He covers the pass decent, thank God. Hawthorne was a stud against the run, but not great in coverage. Ruud is the exact opposite. We’re headed for a defense that expects the D-line to stuff the run, and the LB’s to defend the pass. We’re looking to hog the ball on offense, and force close games where the other team has to pass to get in the game…but what happens when plans fall through? What happened to building a COMPLETE football team?

  31. I realize its all depth signings at this point, but I cant help but think that many of Seattle’s targets just werent interested in coming to Seattle. So we’re left with douchebags like Lutui and Ruud.

  32. grizindabox24 says:

    STTBM, what makes you think Seattle had targets that were not interested in coming to Seattle? And do not use Manning as your example.

  33. We have some good run stuffers on the DL so having a run stuffing MLB isn’t as important here as it is in places that have crappy run stuffing DL. My Gosh, this is a minimum salary type of signing, I would think since it’s only a 1 year deal. It’s not like they offered him an $8 millon deal over 2 years to suck. They offered him a sucky salary to play a role on the team for a year. What are some going to do when they offer contracts to players who don’t get drafted? Complain that they suck so bad for not getting drafted that we shouldn’t want them either?

  34. tchristensen says:

    Seriously! They’re just signing for players HOPING to make the team. Some people need to relax.

  35. Right, there’s nothing to get upset about here. If they’re good enough, they make the team and provide depth. If they’re not, they’ll be gone. I wouldn’t read much more into it than that.

  36. If Lutui lost some weight, he may surprise. Carp better not come in out of shape again!

  37. nidhighe says:

    We’ll address LB in the draft, I’m sure, but Ruud is a solid veteran who can provide depth and help a rookie MLB. Lutui can compete with McQuistan at LG until Carpenter is healthy. We already know what Lewis can do for us.

  38. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Iam SO psyched we signed Lutui! I predict he will be one of our better FA signings in a while. Solid player and GREAT human being.

  39. HarbaughsMother says:

    Interesting. More depth on the OL. Ruud’s decent.

    Roy, a welcome return.

    Well done, gents.

  40. “Iam SO psyched we signed Lutui! I predict he will be one of our better FA signings in a while. Solid player and GREAT human being.”

    This is what my son said about him when they sat by each other on the plane from Seattle to AZ last Monday night. He said Deuce came across as a real down to earth guy, and was excited about starting something new.

  41. OutSydeDog says:

    I don’t post often but I enjoy reading all the great imput from all you posters. That said, I’m happy with signing Lewis ‘cuz he provides good depth in the DB and excels as captain of the special teams which I believe is the hidden gem of Seattle tradition of making big plays to swing games, i.e. Fredd Young on kickoff coverage. Great special teams are the best part of being the 12th man. Big Red blocking FGA’s just like Joe Nash.

    As for the other two, time will tell. In PC and JS I trust.
    GO HAWKS!!!

  42. piperfeltcher says:

    Rudd looked like a star in the making a few years ago in TB but then injuries have derailed his career. He will bring a lot more speed then Hawthorne.
    Even before Lutui got fat he was struggling to pass protect in Ariz. but he is a mauler in the run game.

  43. OutSydeDog says:

    Oh yeah, one more thing. All the FA’s will be eager to sign with us, on the cheap, since the new uni’s seem to be a hit with the players.

  44. JazBadAzz says:

    where is the link about Leroy signing?

  45. Ewalters7354 says:

    I like the signings.Barrett Rudd has had solid seasons.So he may have a chip on his shoulder after a down year.Lutui is a nice option as well.Big physical,and tuff.Low price signings for nice role players.

  46. Sure seems like there are a lot of 1 year signings this offseason. And not just for the Hawks, but lots of teams doing it. I’m curious as to what the driving factor is. Maybe the new money in 2014? But if that’s true why not sign them for 2 years and just cut them if you don;t like them?

  47. Macabrevity says:

    I honestly don’t see what’s not to like about these signings… 1 year deals that shore up some areas of concern prior to the draft. Ruud had a down year, but isn’t that huge of a reclamation project if he comes back physically 100%. He had a couple of pretty decent seasons in T.B. so maybe he works out for us, maybe not. I like Lutui too, PC seems to have a pretty effective weight management program in place for the players (see BMW) so there’s really very little downside to these signings at this point in the off-season.

  48. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Eric, are you still out on the golf course? Must of had a tent with you. Lol.

  49. Grizindabox–They brought in Dave Tollefson, whom we really needed, and a bunch of others who never signed. Then we signed players at thier position who arent close to thier level. We tried hard to get Michael Bush and Tolbert to come visit, but neither player even showed up. Didnt they bring in Curtis Lofton?

    I cant remember all the names right now, a couple weeks ago I did and thats when I first brought this up. Of course many of the players they wanted signed big contracts, and its obvious Seattle isnt offering them, after getting hosed last year with Sidney Rice, and deliberately overpaying for a Zack Miller.

    Its nothing new, Ruskell faced the same problem. He had to overpay to get guys here. It would appear the same is true with Carrol. I think players arent impressed by this teams repeated lack of discipline and inability to adapt during games. I also think playing in Siberia doesnt help.

    So we’re left with also-rans and never-were’s like Ruud and Lutui.

    I understand these guys arent guaranteed a roster spot, but I would have liked to see some better performers brought in.

  50. bayareahawkfan says:

    The reason I feel good about Ruud’s potential upside, especially at the cost of a 1-yr contract (from Sando):

    “Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was with Tampa Bay when Ruud played for the Buccaneers. Bradley coached linebackers for part of Ruud’s tenure there. That connection means the Seahawks should have a good idea what they’re getting.”

  51. Like with Robert Gallery, Sidney Rice, Tarvaris Jackson?

  52. bayareahawkfan says:

    STTBM: what part of “1-yr contract” don’t you understand or like? The game of fleshing out the roster is all a risk-reward balance. Of course we’d all love to pick up Logan Mankins and Patrick Willis as free agents, but they aren’t available.

    I love these pick ups because they won’t hurt the team if they don’t pan out, but the team will benefit if they do.

    I understand your point about being underwhelmed, but what did you want them to do – not sign anyone? Overpay for marginally better guys like Curtis Lofton?

  53. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Signing Gallery, Rice, and Jackson compared to Deuce Lutui, and Barrett Ruuds is not a fair comparison, imo.

    One thing I like about this FO is that they seem to learn from their mistakes.
    I could be wrong, however I don’t see them overpaying for free agents in the future, especially with ones who have a history with injuries.

    They are doing so well with later round picks and undrafted free agents that I don’t see them wasting all that money on free agents anymore.

    I think from here on out they will be rewarding their own drafted players with bigger contracts, ( like the low- cost fab five,) and not free agents from other teams. Unless it’s on the cheap.

  54. Dukeshire says:

    doubter with the inside scoop on Duce!

    I’m glad they brought Lewis back. He is a vastly underrated nickel back.

  55. Hill,Brock and all the other UFA’s are still on the seahawks rough roster.

  56. grizindabox24 says:

    STTBM, I believe that what the Hawks offered most of them was more a factor than the location. Also, I did not see Bush or Tolbert as an option since Beast was in Seattle. Even though they both signed with other teams that have backs they must beat out, they signed for more than I think Seattle offered. They did not bring in Lofton, and what makes you think they offered Tollefson?

  57. bayareahawkfan–I was on my grumpy wagon this morning and yesterday. Plus, I hadnt heard they were signed to one-year deals, just that they were signed.

    I am really glad we got Roy Lewis back, he’s Special Teams Captain and a heck of a nickel/dime back.

    Ruud was a good player, but he’s one-dimensional, aging, and injury prone–kinda like Lofa Tatupu without as brilliant a mind. I dont see him as an upgrade over Hawthorne or Hill, just the leftovers after all the good FA’s signed. But hey, perhaps Seattle is expecting the D-line to stuff the run, and the LB’s to cover in the passing game more. Not sure if that’ll work, but who knows?!

    Lutui is what we’re all afraid Carpenter is: a fat, lazy, unmotivated player who’s future is at G or on the couch. But perhaps he just needed to hit bottom, this is it, and he’s ready to bust his butt, eat right, and learn.

  58. bayareahawkfan says:

    I’m with you about likelihood of upside, STTBM; I just like that I’m now free to root for the guys to return to form as Seahawks without worrying that if they don’t, the team’s hands will be tied (as they were with Housh and his contract that year he came over).

    And Roy Lewis is a glue guy – love that he’s back.

  59. Nighthawk3 says:

    How the hell is signing Duece Lutui stregnthening our offensive line? He sucked in Arizona, he’ll suck here. Do we have some former Cardinal coach on the staff that just had sign this guy?

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