Rotowire: Mar 26 / 9:22a ET
News: According to head coach Sean Payton, Hawthorne will replace the departed Curtis Lofton as one of the Saints' starting inside linebackers, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Impact: Hawthorne was considered to be a potential salary-cap casualty this offseason, but was retained by the Saints after agreeing to a pay cut. Now, Hawthorne's new role could be a productive one, as Lofton topped 120 tackles in each of his last three seasons in New Orleans. Hawthorne has a history of injuries but if he can stay healthy, he makes for a very viable IDP option in fantasy leagues.
Rotowire: Jan 6 / 9:07a ET
News: Hawthorne recorded 83 tackles (52 solo), one interception and three sacks - all of which came in Week 15 - in 12 games this season.
Impact: Hawthorne has proven to be a capable tackler, although he offers little in terms of ancillary fantasy stats. The biggest knock on Hawthorne, however, is his inability to stay healthy, as he's missed nine games over his last three years in New Orleans. Hawthorne is due $4.5 million in salary and bonuses, with a cap cost of $6 million, in 2015, meaning he's likely to be released if he doesn't agree to a significant pay cut, given the Saints' drastic salary-cap restraints.