LB - FA
Week 12 Outlook
LB Gerald Hodges has announced his intent to play in 2020, after deciding to hang up his cleats at the end of the 2018 NFL season. He is now officially a free agent on the open market.
Hodges, a former 2013 third-round pick by the Vikings, decided to retire from the NFL after the 2018 season he spent with the Arizona Cardinals. He’s played for four teams in his six-year career, totaling 282 tackles in 81 games. After sitting out the 2019 season, The 29-year old has decided he’s not done playing football just yet, and hopes another team will give him a shot in 2020.
Arizona Cardinals' LB Gerald Hodges recorded four solo tackles in their Week 2 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
Hodges had consistent backfield penetration, a nice tackle running to the sideline, and a good tackle one yard behind the line of scrimmage in the red zone.
The Arizona Cardinals have signed free agent linebacker Gerald Hodges to a one-year deal. Hodges, a fourth-round selection by the Vikings in 2013, played 11 games for New Orleans last season and totaled 3.5 sacks and three interceptions in five pro seasons with the Vikings, 49ers, and Saints.
By signing this late, Hodges will have a difficult time making Arizona's 53-man roster. For now, he's simply depth in a thin Cardinals' linebacking corps and has no IDP value.
Gerald Hodges rotated with Ray Ray Armstrong this week. He had ten total tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
Hodges had the stranglehold on the ILB position next to NaVorro Bowman, but a strong preseason brought Armstrong to the fore. As of now, they are both rotating in and out, but Hodges had ten total tackles to Armstrong's four, and Armstrong had no big plays. If you need to speculate on LB, Hodges should snatch up this role before mid-season.
Chris Biderman of USA Today believes San Francisco 49ers linebacker Gerald Hodges is the favorite to win the starting job inside next to Novarro Bowman.
Hodges is competing with Michael Wilhoite, who has been decidedly below-average in his time as the starter, and Ray-Ray Armstrong. Given the competition, Hodges seems like the clear choice at the position. If he can lock down a three-down role, he could have some sneaky fantasy value in IDP leagues.