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Hawks trade LB Ruud to New Orleans

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm with 31 Comments »
August 20, 2012 8:15 pm

Signed as insurance during the offseason for a young linebackers group, the Seattle Seahawks traded Barrett Ruud to New Orleans for an undisclosed draft pick, the team announced on Monday.

The eight-year pro was limited during training camp because he’s recovering from groin, knee and shoulder injuries he suffered last season. He finished with a tackle last week against Denver.

Ruud, 29, played in only nine games in his first and only season in Tennessee last year, landing on the season-ending injured reserve with a groin issue.

Before an injury-plagued 2011 season, Ruud served as Tampa Bay’s starting middle linebacker, finishing with at least 114 tackles from 2007 to 2010, so he’s been productive when healthy.

Ruud became expendable after the Seahawks drafted Bobby Wagner in the second round, and the rookie performed well as Seattle’s starting middle linebacker in the team’s first two preseason games.

The Saints are looking to increase the team’s depth at middle linebacker after projected starter Curtis Lofton suffered a high-ankle sprain. Former Seahawk David Hawthorne, projected as New Orleans starting weak-side outside linebacker, also had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee
Both Lofton and Hawthorne could miss the Saints’ season opener, which means that Ruud has a chance to start in New Orleans.

The Seahawks also have some depth behind Wagner, including the flexibility of moving second-year pro K.J. Wright from outside linebacker to inside linebacker. Special teams standout Heath Farwell also has surprised the team’s coaching staff with his solid play at inside linebacker with the Seattle’s second unit in preseason play.

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  1. bird_spit says:

    I hope johnpete knows what he is doing. LB is already a group in need of depth.

  2. Strategicdust says:

    Seems like a sensible move, Ruud was going to struggle getting playing time and still seemed to be nicked up. Probably not getting more than a conditional 7th but it gets Ruud playing time and allows the Hawks to keep some younger players.

  3. anyone wanna bet that waiver guys will be brought in at LB?

  4. Dukeshire says:

    I actually think LB is in far better shape than some here. Especially concidering how often they run nickel. They may pick up someone off waivers but I would be surprised if it was a player of note.

  5. So Hawkblogger is tweeting that there is breaking news to be released. says he is floored.

    Guesses anyone –

    1. Wilson named starter with out ever running with the #1’s

    2. Another trade?

    3. Tjack starting ;)

  6. Anything for Ruud is positive especially if you look at what PC/JS have done with their late picks.

    I’m a little late to the post game chatter but I would like to point out some things that haven’t been touched on.

    Okung got beat a couple times but lets not forget how good Elvis Dumervil and he is arguably top 5 in the league. Besides those two slip ups which included a hold Okung had a very very fine game and if you are going to call out Okung take some time to watch him actually play. It’s easy to see a tackle get beat or a corner get burned. It happens and thats the only time these players are talked about.
    – in that note the left side of the line is SOLID. McQuistin and Okung worked beautifully together in pass pro AND run blocking. Unger had a fine game as well getting up into the linebackers with a few of those big runs… Our run game will hinge on Ungers ability to cut into the second level he’s getting better.

    Don’t just blame TO on the ineffectiveness of Flynn. I like Giacomini but he needs to get his shit together …and now…. There is no reason a “non-skill” position player should be negatively impacting drives the way he did. Not only that but he was getting frustrated because he was getting beat and bulled back… Step it up Giac….

    I stated to look for Scruggs before the game – he’s pushing for that roster spot and he began to command double teams. Very versatile in the abilty to rush from 3 tech or 5 tech. Scruggs is a unique player kind of like Jason Jones. He’s either a beefed up version of Clemons or a lean and quick version of Red Bryant. Like I said before Big Man, Big Motor and one of my favorite surprises in all o training camp.

    Score 2 successful seventh round projects this year…. Well done Schneider

    Speaking of special big men. Big Red coming up HUGE!
    You saw Red get that batted ball playing from inside. From last game to this game including practices I’ve seen Red Bryant bat down four passes at the line of scrimmage. He has a special ability in anticipating timing as you saw with his 4 blocks last year in FG/PAT. Red is a special player in that he can create pressure by immobilizing an edge and gap. I feel sorry for an offensive tackle that has to play with Red all game long.

    Anthony McCoy can catch! But how long will it last.. McCoy drives me insane! He is a great blocking tight end and has the athleticism and fluidity to run routes and gain separation. But he has had trouble holding on to the ball! I looked for Sean McGrath to prove his blocking abillity to push McCoy for that extra spot. It ended up McCoy showing that he can catch…go figure.

    I’m happy to see more people understand deon butlers worth to this team. In my eyes he’s locking up a spot for that final 6-7 receivers.

    Here’s a list of skill players you should be watching.
    WR – Braylon Edwards, TO, Ben Obomanu, Ricardo Lockette, Kris Durham
    RB – Vai Tua, Kregg Lumpkin, Tyrell Sutton
    TE – Mcoy, Helfet, McGrath

    Of those 11 players you can essentially keep three.. With injury concerns and lack of depth at TE I think the hand may be forced to keep 4th TE. Leaving only two open spots……

    There is a reason that Warren Moon stated in the telecast, (I talked to some scout friends and asked why they were here, they said they are scouting Seahawks players because they have a lot of talent and they can’t keep em’ all)

  7. I saw that too xcman. Those are some of my thoughts too…should be interesting

  8. The bottom talent level is SOOOOO much better than it used to be – Hopefully Now that we can start to increase that front line talent of the offensive side of the ball as well.

    It has been clear to me, that they really know what they are looking for on Defense but not so much on the offense.

  9. I think the “news” is that rw starts game 3

  10. I really think he should have started last game and whoever if going to start gm1 should be starting this week

    but nobody ever accused PC of being an offensive genius

  11. cutting Dexter Davis was a more significant move than trading Ruud. Between KJ and Wagner, we have two LBs better than Ruud. KJ, Wagner, Hill, and Toomer will be a fine set of LBs. Best speed we’ve had in years.

  12. I hope Toomer can make the plays – he seems to be near plays but not right there – Making the plays – I think he will be fine, but wanna see him step up a little more :) Pulling for him

  13. xcman, agree and I would say the same about M. Smith. I don’t know if either will become a complete LB, but both give us speed on the edge. Also, I was watching Toomer harassing TEs in practice and he looked stronger than I expected. That said, I don’t think anyone will be displacing KJ, Hill, or Wagner anytime soon.

    With D Davis cut, I’m looking for Cordarro Law to make the practice squad at least.

  14. princeaden says:

    I don’t feel like naming RW the starter for game 3 would qualify as a “shocker”. I feel that maybe it is more like a trade that wasn’t seen coming or some such.

  15. Maybe they trade for Osi

  16. How about trading for Wallace?

  17. I think Mike Teel will be named the new starter.

  18. HeinieHunter says:

    I think Hawkblogger is floored because RW will start game 3.

  19. princeaden says:

    Something tells me Tate is being shopped. Just a hunch..

  20. Ewalters7354 says:

    Reading Doug Baldwin’s twitter,I have a feeling that if indeed something is going to be breaking news it’s going to mess up my day.God I hope I’m wrong.

  21. montanamike2 says:

    HawksKD, i basically agree with all you said. Glad JS/PC can get extra picks for many of our extra players. Never been the case before but these guys spot talent in later rounds with extra picks and hopefully TJ gets traded soon, i hope that’s the big news. It’s nice to be too deep at many spots, i like the Midas touch.

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I like the way the FO is working. Try and get something for a player that they probably will release anyways. And not afraid at all to play a young player.

    Do you think Ruskell would do it this way? It makes us all long for those torcherous days doesn’t it? Lol.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    montanamike2- Do you live anywhere near Hamilton? I have a good friend up there.

  24. Seahawks2620 says:

    I suppose it could be a number of things.

    – A trade for a WR
    – A trade for a legit DE
    – We traded Jackson

    Who knows. Haha I just don’t want to get too excited about something “massive”.

  25. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BTW- Sorry for the silly songs last night. Beer and excitement for the Seahawks combo can get me out of control sometimes. Probably better saved for fridays. Lol.

    And this is going to be one hell of a year, imo. Not only for the Seahawks but also for this blog. Seems like so many more coming out of their man caves now.

  26. Ewalters7354 says:

    Georgia, bro you had me dying laughing lol

  27. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I would bet right now there are teams that have their eyes on Flynn and Wilson and already have made some kind of offer for one.

  28. RDPoulsbo says:

    Rudd might be a 5th/6th conditional draft pick depending on playing time because he’s a former starter. Not bad considering they’ve invested nothing in him.

    I think the LBs are going to be fine. They’re not top talent, but they’re role is primarily just to clean up what the d-line and secondary leave them. The back of the the depth charts is not so far behind the top to be a liability.

    There is a lot of decent talent at the bottom that I can see a lot of conditional 7th round picks coming Seattle’s way on final cut day.

  29. mojjonation says:

    The lack of number one offense cohesiveness should nearly dictate that RW should not get a start Friday. Although I would like to see him run with the ones against the ones, I truly don’t think RW is ready for it yet. Flynn should be the starter and play into the third quarter. If he doesn’t, it will be a step backwards for rhythm and timing for the number ones. RW has had success against the twos and threes of other teams. I am curious as to what he would have done trying to ge around the edge when Dumervil and Miller were breathing down his neck. I don’t think that fluke reception when he was on his way down would have happened. Flooring would be if Jackson were to start so they could “showcase” (loosely used) what he has left in the tank.

    How about Wagner/Hill/KJ as a 5th “lineman”, slide KamChan down to “LB” and letting the corners run man to man with Earl “Boom” Thomas roaming center field. Run a 5-3 (I recall people talking about a 5-2 with both ET and KC headhunting) with your corners on an island. If it worked out, imagine the hate and discontent that could cause. Pipe dream I know.

  30. mojonation – Yes. And that doesn’t sound too different from a version of the nickel they run in practice. I don’t know what Carroll calls it, but its essential a 5 man line with KJ standing over the TE and Bam Bam up in the box with a third S behind him, and ET deep. And I agree they’ve drafted these CBs and Ss with these kind of schemes in mind since our CBs can get left on islands in man coverage.

    We saw plenty of creative alignments last year and we should only see more this year given both our maturing CBs and improved speed on the edges.

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