Ruud signed with the Seahawks this offseason as an unrestricted free agent in mid-April. He previous spent the 2011 season with the Tennessee Titans, amassing 57 tackles and one interception in nine games. Ruud spent most of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who drafted him as a second-round pick in 2005. He led the Buccaneers in tackles four consecutive years and has 469 solo tackles through his career.
The Saints needed help after linebackers Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne went down with injuries last week. Hawthorne was the only starter the Seahawks lost from last year's defense after he signed a five-year contract with the Saints. The trade also signals satisfaction with 2012 second-round pick Bobby Wagner's training camp and exhibition play.
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