Ziggy Hood, the Steelers’ first-round draft pick in 2009, became the second defensive end to leave them in two days when he signed a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced today.
Hood never quite lived up to his billing as a first-round draft choice from Missouri, but he was a workhorse for them. Playing behind Aaron Smith early in his career, he did not nail down a starting job at left defensive end until 2012, after Smith’s retirement. He then lost that job during last season to Cameron Heyward, their first-round draft pick in 2011.
Hood’s departure comes one day after backup defensive end Al Woods signed a two-year deal with the Tennessee Titans. With Brett Keisel also an unrestricted free agent, it leaves only Heyward on their roster with any appreciable experience at defensive end.
Hood, 27, played in all 80 games since he joined the Steelers, starting 46 of them. He had 11.5 sacks, including three last season. He had no forced fumbles in his career.