The New Orleans Saints keep welcoming NFC West linebackers.
After adding Will Herring and David Hawthorne from Seattle, and Chris Chamberlain from St. Louis, the Saints acquired Barrett Ruud from the Seahawks for an undisclosed draft choice, presumably conditional on Ruud earning a spot on the 53-man roster.
The Seahawks had signed Ruud as insurance at middle linebacker, but with rookie Bobby Wagner emerging as the likely starter, they no longer felt the need to keep him. Injuries have slowed Ruud, 29, over the past year.
Seattle's average age has crept up over the offseason with players such as Ruud, Deuce Lutui, Braylon Edwards and Terrell Owens joining the roster. Some of those older players weren't assured roster spots. Ruud fell into that category. It's a bonus if Seattle gets a draft choice for him.
The Saints wanted Ruud after Hawthorne suffered a knee injury.