Hawks LB David Hawthorne Agrees to Terms With Saints

Hawks LB David Hawthorne Agrees to Terms With Saints

Credit: Rod Mar / Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne makes adjustments at practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, WA on September 30, 2010.

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by AP/KING 5 Sports

NWCN.com

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has agreed to terms on a five-year contract with free agent linebacker David Hawthorne.

The 6-foot, 246-pound Hawthorne has spent the past four seasons with Seattle, where he began his NFL career as an undrafted free agent in 2008.

Last season, Hawthorne started 14 games at middle linebacker and led the Seahawks with 115 tackles to go with two sacks, a fumble recovery and three interceptions, one of which he ran back 77 yards for a touchdown against Philadelphia.

He has been Seattle's leading tackler the past three seasons.

Hawthorne has appeared in 61 games in his career with 41 starts. His addition comes a day after the Saints learned one of their former regulars at linebacker, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, had signed a free agent deal with St. Louis.

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