David Hawthorne, aka “The Heater”, had hit the free agency market this season to test the waters of the other defenses in the league. After finishing the year with an impressive resume of 115 tackles, 2.0 sacks and three interceptions, one of them ending in a touchdown, Hawthorne visited both the Lions and Saints.
The Lions have not been unfamiliar scooping up ex-Seahawks players having both added Nate Burleson, Julian Peterson, and several other traded players in the past. It would seem that the pipeline isn’t open to everyone passing through, as the Lions recently fill its linebacker void by resigning Stephen Tulloch to a five year deal. Unfortunately for Hawthorne, they did it while he was still in flight to Detroit. After visiting with the Saints, and all the chaos that goes with them currently, Hawthorne was passed over for Curtis Lofton of the Atlanta Falcons, a highly sought free agent.
Now he is home in Seattle and negotiations are still underway. NFL sources claim that it is most likely that Hawthorne will resign with the ‘Hawks this season for a year and retry the market after this season.
What concerns me is if this little set back will leave a sour taste in his mouth. Will he still play at his top or will the contract agreed on lower his performance? I always thought The Heater was a solid linebacker, maybe not the fastest, but a good defensive reader. The guy place with intensity and got his nickname from the way he lays in the heat from his tackles. He did lead the season in tackles the last two years and has had great success in stopping the run.
Hopefully the contract that both parties agree on doesn’t cool of The Heater too much. He’s only 27 and still has a lot of game left in him and brought a powerful addition from TCU to the Seahawks up and coming stellar defense. Let’s hope he brings back the power he showed last year again and helps to compliment the new players that Seattle picked up this year.