The addition of Hodges will help shore up the Saints' depth at outside linebacker after Alex Anzalone (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve following the team's last game Oct. 1 against the Dolphins. It's unclear if Hodges, who logged 83 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions in 15 games with the 49ers in 2016, will carve out a meaningful role right away for New Orleans, keeping him off the IDP radar for now.
Hodges' contract was terminated Sunday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
The Bills made some unexpected cuts Sunday, as Hodges, receiver Philly Brown and running back Jonathan Williams were all let go. It was thought Hodges would make a nice backup to middle linebacker Preston Brown -- especially after the team traded Reggie Ragland -- but the Bills made three new signings Sunday and were forced to make some tough decisions elsewhere.
Hodges, who's having a strong camp after signing with the Bills in May, has been lining up consistently with the second team at both the middle and outside spots, Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com reports.
Hodges put up 83 tackles last season for a bad San Francisco defense, and while he doesn't have a starting spot at the present time, current starter Ramon Humber doesn't have much starting experience, so there's an angle for Hodges to continue working his way up. At the very least, he's in line to see the field on more than special teams come Week 1.
Hodges, an athletic former fourth-rounder, will compete for a spot at outside linebacker in Buffalo after racking up 133 tackles, two interceptions, and a forced fumble in 25 games with the 49ers throughout the past two seasons.
Hodges returned from a team-issued benching Saturday, racking up 13 tackles (nine solo) in a 22-21 win over Los Angeles.
Hodges was benched prior to last week's contest and both he and the team refused to comment on the nature of the offense. The one-week benching was all the punishment the veteran linebacker would receive as he was back in the starting lineup Saturday, leading the team in tackles. As long as he starts, Hodges is a great IDP option due to his propensity for racking up tackles.
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|2015||San Francisco 49ers||10||50||39.0||11||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||15||83||55.0||28||3||2||27||13.5||21||0||2|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||9||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||15||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|