According to Chicago Tribue writer Vaughn McClure and Chicago Sun Times reporter Brad Biggs, the Bears will sign free agent CB Rod Hood on Tuesday. Hood was just recently released by the Cleveland Browns.
Hood, who played last season for the Super Bowl runners up Arizona Cardinals, originally visited with the team during the summer but chose to sign with Cleveland instead.
The Browns released him this past week and while neither side has said much, Hood made one interesting comment. "You know what, from growing up I have always been told when you can't say anything good about something, don't say nothing at all.''
Hood's addition to the Bears defensive backfield should solidify the arguably weakest position on the Bears team. A veteran of six years, Hood brings leadership, experience and most importantly, durability to a position that has seen more than its fair share of starters as of late.
Before signing with Arizona following the 2006 season, Hood played four seasons with the Eagles, where he played in two NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl, before heading off to the Cardinals after his rookie contract ran up.
This signing should serve notice to current Bears backup corner Trumaine McBride who had an under performing year following a promising rookie season and a poor training camp. Look for the Bears to cut McBride as early as tomorrow or as late as September 5th, which is the day rosters must be cut down to 53 players.