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:
Mike Jones @MikeJonesWaPo
Hood at the least adds depth on a D-line needing to become more explosive. Possibly could compete for a starting job.2016-2-2 14:33:40
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.
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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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