Player Page

David Hawthorne | Linebacker

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/14/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 246
College: TCU
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

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. Wed, Feb 27, 2013 06:48:00 PM
Source: ESPN.com

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

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.
Sat, Oct 27, 2012 12:51:00 PM

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.
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 03:14:00 PM

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.
Sun, Sep 30, 2012 03:08:00 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 29, 2012 11:30:00 AM

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.
Sun, Sep 23, 2012 01:47:00 PM

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

Interim coach Joe Vitt also revealed that MLB 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. The bad injury news comes just two days after the Saints lost top reserve LB Chris Chamberlain for the season.
Mon, Aug 20, 2012 03:00:00 PM

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.
Fri, Apr 13, 2012 05:11:00 PM

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.
Tue, Apr 3, 2012 04:57:00 PM

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

Hawthorne visited 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.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 06:28:00 PM

The Lions will visit with MLB David Hawthorne on Tuesday.

The Lions are looking at fallback options for free agent Stephen Tulloch, who is seeking top dollar for an inside linebacker. Hawthorne is arguably a more effective run stopper than Tulloch, though he'd likely come off the field on third downs. We still wouldn't envision a dramatic downgrade for Detroit.
Source: scout.com
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 04:10:00 PM

Free agent LB David Hawthorne will visit the Saints Friday.

Hawthorne is an underrated run-stuffer than can play in the middle or on the weak side. He piled up 115 tackles in a two-down role for the Seahawks last season. With Jo-Lonn Dunbar testing the free agent market and David Herring a cap casualty candidate, the Saints have a need.
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 06:49:00 PM

According to ESPN Chicago's Mike Wright, the Bears are interested in free agent MLB David Hawthorne.

The Bears would ostensibly play Hawthorne on the strong side, and perhaps kick him into the middle eventually as 34-year-old Brian Urlacher's successor. Hawthorne is only a two-down run thumper, but he's outstanding in the role. The 27-year-old has averaged 113 tackles per year over the past three seasons.
Sun, Mar 11, 2012 07:41:00 PM

The Seahawks are reportedly unwilling to "break the bank" on free agent MLB David Hawthorne due to durability concerns.

The Seattle Times also indicated after the season that the Seahawks wanted more speed at inside linebacker. Hawthorne can stuff the run with the best of them, but doesn't run particularly well. The Seahawks are expected to place a higher priority on re-signing free agents Marshawn Lynch and DE Red Bryant.
Sun, Feb 19, 2012 03:54:00 PM

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times suggests that the Seahawks may not prioritize re-signing free agent MLB David Hawthorne.

"They want to get faster at linebacker and they could easily slide K.J. Wright inside," O'Neil speculated. "... He'd probably be a cheaper alternative than bringing David back. So there's a possibility that Hawthorne could move on." One of the better run-stopping inside linebackers in football, Hawthorne is only 26 years old and should appeal to both 3-4 and 4-3 teams.
Thu, Jan 26, 2012 01:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
RB1Mark Ingram
2Pierre Thomas
3Khiry Robinson
4Travaris Cadet
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Khiry Robinson
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Mark Ingram
FB1Erik Lorig
WR11Kenny Stills
2Nick Toon
3Jalen Saunders
WR21Marques Colston
2Robert Meachem
3Seantavius Jones
WR31Nick Toon
TE1Jimmy Graham
2Ben Watson
3Josh Hill
K1Shayne Graham
2Dustin Hopkins