Hawthorne signed a contract with the Bills on Sunday, NFL Agent Jordan Woy reports. Hawthorne joins the Bill's after playing in New Orleans the past-four seasons. Last year, he recorded 33 tackles and three forced fumbles while playing in 11 games. Buffalo currently has seven linebackers held out of practice due to injury, which is likely the reason they signed Hawthorne on the same day as they signed fellow linebacker Brandon Spikes. Hawthorne will slide in at inside linebacker and have a decent chance at making the final roster.
Hawthorne did not record a tackle in Thursday's game against the Falcons. With the return of Dannell Ellerbe to the Saints' lineup, Hawthorne's playing time has dwindled, as he played only three snaps against the Falcons, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. So long as Ellerbe is healthy, Hawthorne is not worth owning in IDP leagues.
Saints inside linebacker David Hawthorne took a pay cut of $1.25 million for 2015 and $1.75 million for 2016, reports ESPN.com. The 29-year-old had 83 tackles, three sacks and an interception in 12 games last season. Hawthorne is now scheduled to make $3.25 million this season and $2.25 million in 2016.
The Saints' top pass rusher, outside linebacker Junior Galette, is active for Monday's game at Chicago after being listed as questionable with a neck injury. Galette leads the team with seven sacks. Also suiting up are left tackle Terron Armstead (neck), linebacker David Hawthorne (hip), defensive end Akiem Hicks (ankle) and cornerback Keenan Lewis (illness).
The Saints have listed linebacker Junior Galette (knee) and tackle Terron Armstead (neck) as questionable for Monday's game against the Bears. Galette, who has 37 total tackles including 7.0 sacks, practiced Saturday on a limited basis after missing two practices earlier in the week because of the injury. David Hawthorne (hip), Akiem Hicks (ankle), and Keenan Lewis (illness) are all probable for Monday.