Barrett Ruud back in NFC South

The New Orleans Saints turned to a player familiar with the NFC South to help solve their temporary injury crisis at linebacker.

The team announced Monday night it had traded an undisclosed draft pick to Seattle for Barrett Ruud. The move came after the club lost Chris Chamberlain for the season and fellow linebackers Curtis Lofton (ankle) and David Hawthorne (knee) were injured in the most recent preseason game.

Ruud came into the league as a second-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005. He started 68 games over the next six seasons. Although Ruud wanted to stay with the Bucs, the team never would sign him to a high-dollar contract. The thinking was that Ruud was a good, but not spectacular, player. He signed with Tennessee last year and got nine starts.

Ruud signed with the Seahawks in April, but it was becoming obvious he wasn’t a big part of the Seahawks’ plans. Ruud has spent most of his career at middle linebacker, so it’s likely he’ll be the replacement for Lofton in the short term. If Lofton returns quickly, Ruud could be his backup and also play on the outside.