Seahawks leaning toward Ruud awakening at MLB spot

Posted April 19, 2012 @ 5:14 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

We hear the Seahawks believe they have found a proven commodity to replace David Hawthorne in the short term at middle linebacker in Barrett Ruud, who inked a one-year deal after starting nine games for the Titans last season. “They like his veteran presence and his knowledge of the system,” one team source said of Ruud, who played his first six seasons in Tampa Bay, including a couple of years under current Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who served as the Bucs’ LB coach from 2007-08. “He was very productive under Bradley (Ruud had more than 100 tackles each season from 2007-10), but it remains to be seen whether he’ll be an every-down guy.” Word is the odds are leaning toward that not being the case, considering the Seahawks’ success last season with their “Big Nickel” alignment that in effect had SS Kam Chancellor replacing Hawthorne in passing situations.