May 23, 2024

The New Orleans Saints are set to sign linebacker Khaleke Hudson, who has been a consistent contributor on special teams for the Washington Commanders. While he primarily made his mark on special teams, Hudson saw increased opportunities on defense last season with Washington. As the Commanders undergo changes in Dan Quinn’s first offseason, including the influx of former players from Quinn’s past teams, Hudson has opted for a new opportunity with the Saints. The deal, reported by NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo, is for one year.

Saints bolster LB depth and special teams with latest signing

Hudson recently visited the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it’s unclear if they made him an offer. However, he ultimately decided to join the Saints in the NFC South. Known for his special teams prowess, Hudson also started eight games in the 2023 season.

At 26 years old and a graduate of Michigan, Hudson had limited starting experience in his early NFL career, having started only four games in his first three seasons. However, he saw increased playing time under the coaching tandem of Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio in Washington’s last season. Despite Washington’s defensive struggles, Hudson impressed with 74 tackles, including five for loss, one sack, and two passes defended.

Pro Football Focus ranked Hudson 51st overall at his position, indicating a solid performance. Following an injury to Jamin Davis, Hudson started the Commanders’ final five games, showcasing his abilities with a notable three tackles for loss in Week 18.

In New Orleans, Hudson joins a linebacker corps anchored by the age-defying Demario Davis, who recently received a contract extension. Additionally, the Saints acquired former Chiefs starter Willie Gay. With linebacker Pete Werner entering a contract year, Hudson is likely to serve as a backup for the Saints, while his experience on special teams will provide valuable depth as the team prepares for Dennis Allen’s third season as head coach.

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