David Hawthorne LB NO Feb 27 '13

The Saints restructured ILB David Hawthorne's contract, turning his $3 million roster bonus into a signing bonus.

The move allows the $3 million to be pro-rated over the final four years of Hawthorne's deal instead of going exclusively on the 2013 cap. It frees up $2.05 million in cap space. Hawthorne will move from weak-side to inside linebacker in the Saints' new 3-4 defense. He's not likely to be a strong IDP option.

David Hawthorne LB NO Oct 27 '12

Saints WLB David Hawthorne (hamstring) will be a game time decision for Week 8.

Hawthorne returned to practice for the first time this week on a limited basis after tearing his hamstring in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Chiefs. If he does play, he'll likely split time with Jonathan Vilma. Without an every-down role, neither player can be trusted this week in IDP leagues.

David Hawthorne LB NO Oct 24 '12

Saints WLB David Hawthorne (hamstring) has resumed practicing.

Hawthorne has been sidelined since Week 3. If he's ready to return Sunday, he'll likely split snaps with Jonathan Vilma, who made his 2012 debut in Week 7.

David Hawthorne LB NO Sep 30 '12

Saints declared WLB David Hawthorne, RB Chris Ivory, DL Turk McBride, LB Jonathan Casillas, CB Elbert Mack, DL Tyrunn Walker and OT Bryce Harris inactive for Week 4 at Green Bay.

Casillas went down with a neck injury after replacing Hawthorne (hamstring) during last week's game. Career backup Will Herring will start along with veterans Scott Shanle and Curtis Lofton. Ivory is a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive game.

David Hawthorne LB NO Sep 29 '12

Saints WLB David Hawthorne (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 4.

Hawthorne pulled his hamstring in the first half of last week's loss to the Chiefs. Hawthorne's backup Jonathan Casillas (neck) has also been ruled out, leaving the Saints with a depleted LB corps of just Curtis Lofton, Scott Shanle, Will Herring and Barrett Ruud. Ramon Humber is eligible to return after serving a three-game NFL suspension, however, and could be activated as late as Saturday.

David Hawthorne LB NO Sep 23 '12

Saints SLB David Hawthorne left Sunday's Week 3 game versus the Chiefs with an apparent knee injury.

There's no word on the severity. Hawthorne underwent meniscus surgery a month ago. He's sporting a wrap on his knee while Jonathan Casillas takes over on the strong side.

David Hawthorne LB NO Aug 20 '12

Saints MLB David Hawthorne has undergone meniscus surgery, and is uncertain for Week 1.

Saints interim coach Joe Vitt also revealed at his Monday presser that fellow LB Curtis Lofton is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Hawthorne tore his meniscus in Friday's preseason tilt with the Jaguars, but initially stayed in the game. Neither player is likely to play in New Orleans' final two preseason games, but Vitt believes Lofton will be ready for Week 1. He refused to provide a timeline for Hawthorne's return, but said he was optimistic about his recovery. The bad injury news comes just two days after the Saints lost top-reserve LB Chris Chamberlain for the season.

David Hawthorne LB NO Apr 13 '12

David Hawthorne's five-year deal with the Saints is worth just $19 million in max value, with a $3.8 million signing bonus.

The signing bonus was nice, but Hawthorne's contract is incredibly cap friendly in 2012 ($1.46 million), and it doesn't sound like he has any guaranteed money beyond the first year. Every top-end free agent inside linebacker ended up accepting contracts worth far less than anticipated. D'Qwell Jackson's $42.5 million over five years doesn't look very good for the Browns right now.

David Hawthorne LB NO Apr 03 '12

Saints signed LB David Hawthorne to a five-year contract.

The Saints are overhauling their linebacker corps, perhaps in anticipation of a string of "Bounty" suspensions. In spite of their ongoing offseason woes and relatively little salary cap space, the Saints have done well in free agency. An effective run-stopper at middle linebacker in Seattle last season, Hawthorne will likely switch back to the weak side in New Orleans with Curtis Lofton slated for "mike" duties. The Seahawks seemed to be hoping their leading tackler over the past three seasons would return at a cheap rate after originally being greeted by a soft market.

David Hawthorne LB NO Mar 27 '12

TheSidelineView.com reports Seattle and free agent MLB David Hawthorne "continue to talk about a possible return."

Hawthorne has visited with the Saints and Lions, but both teams have since filled their holes at middle linebacker. His best option could be returning to Seattle on a one-year deal and hitting the market again next offseason.