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Hawthorne agrees with Saints

FREE AGENT TRACKER
A look at the Seahawks’ free-agent activity:Players agreed/signed from other teams

DT Jason Jones (Titans)

QB Matt Flynn (Packers)

RB Kregg Lumpkin (Buccaneers)

Seahawks players re-signed/agreed

RB Marshawn Lynch

OT Breno Giacomini

DE Red Bryant

LB Heath Farwell

OL Paul McQuistan

FB Michael Robinson

Seahawks players signed/agreed with other teams

TE John Carlson (Vikings)

OL Mike Gibson (Eagles)

QB Charlie Whitehurst (Chargers)

S Atari Bigby (Chargers)

DL Anthony Hargrove (Packers)

LB David Hawthorne (Saints)

David Hawthorne, the Seahawks’ leading tackler the past three seasons, has agreed to terms on a five-year contract to join the Saints.

The Seahawks tried to re-sign Hawthorne before the free agency period began on March 13 and again after he had visited the Saints. But the sides could not agree on a deal.

Hawthorne, 26, made the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and then started the next three seasons at middle linebacker (2009 and 2011) as well as at weakside linebacker (2010). He registered more than 100 tackles in each of those three seasons, including a career-high 116 in 2009 and 115 last season.

He became the sixth player in franchise history to be the team’s leading tackler for three consecutive seasons, joining Terry Beeson (1977-79), Michael Jackson (1980-82), Fredd Young (1985-87), Chad Brown (1997-99) and Lofa Tatupu (2005-08).

With the Saints, Hawthorne likely will move back outside, because the team also signed former Falcons middle linebacker Curtis Lofton in free agency.

The Seahawks’ options for replacing Hawthorne include moving K.J. Wright into the middle after he started 11 games on the strong side as a rookie last season; signing a middle linebacker in free agency; or addressing the position in the NFL Draft later this month.


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