Financial terms were not disclosed.
A second-round pick out of Nebraska by the Buccaneers in 2005, Ruud became the full-time starting middle linebacker in 2007. Over the last four seasons, Ruud has accumulated 511 tackles, five quarterback sacks, six interceptions, with 20 passes defensed.
Labor issues have hurt Ruud on several occasions during his career.
The first instance came in 2005, when Ruud was signed to a five-year rookie contract less than a year before the 2006 CBA limited second-round picks to four-year contracts. That fifth year meant Ruud was under contract through 2009, leading to Ruud being denied unrestricted free agency in the uncapped season.
Ruud played the 2010 season under the “First- and Third-Round” restricted free agent tender, earning $3.268 million in base salary. Finally there’s the lockout, which by running into late July likely kept Ruud from signing a long-term contract.