Former Buccaneers linebacker Barrett Ruud has returned to the NFC South via a trade with the New Orleans Saints. (Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE)

Ex-Buccaneer Barrett Ruud Returns to NFC South

Former Buccaneers linebacker Barrett Ruud has returned — well t the NFC South that is, not to a Bucs uniform. The New Orleans Saints have acquired Ruud in a trade with the Seahawks, returning the one time Buccaneer to the only other division he’s ever called home.

Don’t get too excited however, as it’s unlikely that when the Bucs and Saints meet up on October 21st that Ruud will be out there. The Saints currently have Curtis Lofton and Lawrence Wilson playing ahead of Ruud on the depth chart, and he’s likely going to slide into the third string spot.

The plan for Ruud is to backup Lofton when he comes back, and in the meantime, he’ll start as his replacement.

New Orleans sent a draft pick, likely a seventh rounder, to the Seahawks. Apparently they didn’t want to pay him the massive contract he somehow thinks he deserves.

A second round pick by the Bucs in 2005, Ruud started 68 games for the Bucs, but never showed the flashes of the elite linebacker his agent apparently thought he was. He demanded top dollar and the Bucs laughed him out of town and to the Pacific Northwest after a short stint in Tennessee. He wasn’t a big part of the Seahawks during his stint and now that he’s back in the NFC South, he’ll try and salvage what’s left of his career.


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