by Curtis Crabtree
The Seattle Seahawks traded LB Barrett Ruud to the New Orleans Saints on Monday in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.
The move was announced by the Saints.
Ruud never played a game for Seattle as he was a free agent signing earlier this offseason. He had dealt with a myriad of injuries including groin, knee and shoulder issues since joining the team. Ruud did not play in the preseason opener and saw limited action during Saturday's game against the Denver Broncos. He recorded one tackle.
The move appears to signal the Seahawks are more than ready to go with rookie LB Bobby Wagner as the starting middle linebacker. Wagner has been running with the first-team defense throughout training camp and seemed to be in the driver's seat for the job anyway.
Ruud will likely serve as injury insurance for the Saints after former Seahawks LB David Hawthorne suffered a torn meniscus and will undergo surgery.
Seattle now has an open roster spot if they would like to add a player for this week. The first roster cutdown will come after this Friday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs as the team will be required to cutdown from 90 to 75 by Monday.
The Seahawks also announced Monday they had re-signed CB Donny Lisowski and waived/injured DE Dexter Davis.