NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18: Barrett Ruud #55 and Jordan Babineaux #26 of the Tennessee Titans celebrate after Babineaux's fumble recovery against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at LP Field on September 18, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
The Seahawks added some veteran depth today deep into free agency by signing a trio of players - former Arizona Cardinal offensive guard Deuce Lutui, former Buccaneer and Titan middle linebacker Barrett Ruud, and Seahawks free agent cornerback/nickelback Roy Lewis.
Lutui, 28, is a former USC Trojan that played for Pete Carroll at USC before becoming a 2nd round pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2006. Lutui played well for the Cardinals early in his career before weight become an issue for him, and when he went to sign with the Bengals as a free-agent last season, he failed his physical because of that. He re-signed with the Cardinals and played sparingly for them in 2011 before going to the IR for most of the year.
If he's able to get to a good playing weight and stay healthy though, it will be interesting to see what type of role he'll have, if any. If he's healthy and at playing weight, he's potentially a pretty decent signing and provides the Seahawks with some quality depth on the line, if not more. Depending on John Moffitt's rehab from a torn MCL and what they have in store for Paul McQuistan, Lutui could get his name called early.
Barrett Ruud, also 28, is another former 2nd round pick that was chosen by the Buccaneers in 2006 with the 36th pick, out of Nebraska. He's 6'2, 241, and figures to compete for the job at middle linebacker in 2011 with K.J. Wright or any incoming Draft picks there. He played for Gus Bradley at Tampa Bay when Bradley was a linebackers coach there, as Mike Sando points out, and again - if he proves to be healthy and recovered from a groin injury last year that put him on the IR nine games in, he could be a value addition. Titan fans don't seem to fond of Ruud, but he did have some good years with Tampa so perhaps he was fighting through some injuries last season.
Roy Lewis has been with the Seahawks the Seahawks since being claimed off of waivers from the Steelers in 2009. He's a special teams captain that can play some nickel slot. I wasn't thinking he'd be back with the stable of young defensive backs the Seahawks have right now waiting in the wings, but I imagine he'll have to fight for a spot come training camp.
More scouting soon.