Only months after Barrett Ruud was signed as a free agent to the Seattle Seahawks, the team surprisingly shipped him off in a trade to New Orleans. Although the linebacker was a bit perplexed, he has only good things to say about the Saints.
In a recent briefing after his first practice Ruud stated,
"“Usually, when somebody trades for you, they at least want you, so I’m excited. To go to a team like New Orleans is just a bonus.”"
Besides playing for the NFC South Division rivals Tampa Bay, Ruud is very familiar with both the Saints organization and players.
"“A lot of familiar faces,” pronounced Ruud. “I played against these guys, I think it was 14 times, so I know a lot of these guys, a lot of respect for them. It’s exciting. It’s fun to be here.”"
The Saints have some knowledge of the talents Ruud has to offer. The biggest matter is making sure he’s learning the defensive playbook and ready for the regular season. Ruud should have no problem learning from new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and his defensive scheme.
Ruud makes it very obvious that regardless of the bounty issues at hand, the Saints should be top contenders. He firmly believes that New Orleans has a legitimate chance at going to the Super Bowl this season and winning.