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Ziggy Hood to Redskins: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood (96) celebrates a sack during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys  Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2016

While the offseason has yet to officially start, the Washington Redskins already began the process of beefing up their defense by signing defensive lineman Ziggy Hood on Tuesday.  

According to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan, Washington agreed to a one-year deal with the 28-year-old veteran. Mike Jones of the Washington Post later confirmed the report.

Hood is a seven-year veteran who was selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After spending the first five seasons of his career with the Steelers, Hood signed a four-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Hood lasted just over one season with the Jags, though, as they placed him on injured reserve before cutting him early in the 2015 campaign. He caught on with the Chicago Bears and appeared in two games for the organization, but he was ultimately waived in December.

In 98 career NFL games, the former Missouri standout has 168 tackles and 12.5 sacks to his credit.

Although the past two seasons have been down years for Hood, Jones believes he could play a significant role for the Redskins in 2016:

With defensive linemen Terrance Knighton and Kedric Golston set to hit free agency, bringing in an experienced player like Hood was a much needed move.

Hood appeared in Super Bowl XLV and sacked Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, so he could be a big help in terms of teaching the younger players how to win as well.

Washington shocked many by making the playoffs this season, and the next logical step for the franchise is to start winning postseason games.

The Hood signing won't directly lead to playoff success, but depth is a key part of every winning team's success, and he should help significantly in that regard.

 

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