July 15, 2024

Former Washington Commanders linebacker Khaleke Hudson has inked a deal with the New Orleans Saints. The Commanders have been notably active in the free agency market, securing 22 players from other teams while retaining only 4 of their own free agents. The team’s new General Manager, Adam Peters, and Head Coach, Dan Quinn, are spearheading a roster rebuild following a disappointing 4-13 season that prompted significant changes.

Saints bolster LB depth and special teams with latest signing

Hudson, who was not re-signed by Washington, joins the Saints on a one-year contract after reportedly not being pursued by his former team upon entering free agency. His move marks Washington’s 10th loss of a free agent to another team during this offseason.

Originally drafted by Washington in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft during Ron Rivera’s inaugural season as head coach and head of football operations, Hudson established himself as a fixture on special teams, consistently playing over 73% of snaps. However, last season saw him earning more defensive playing time, starting eight games due to injuries, including a season-ending shoulder surgery for starting linebacker Jamin Davis. Hudson achieved career highs in various defensive statistics, including tackles (74), tackles for loss (5), sacks (1), quarterback hits (2), and passes defended (2).

Washington’s active pursuit of linebackers in free agency indicates a clear emphasis on revamping the position. Alongside Davis, the team has added Frankie Luvu, Bobby Wagner, Anthony Pittman, and Mykal Walker. Despite having the option for a fifth year on Davis’s contract, its likelihood remains uncertain.

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