A Look At The Free Agent Market Value Of Steelers DE Ziggy Hood

In just a little bit more than a week, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood will be an unrestricted free agent and the organization must decide whether or not to move on from their former first-round draft pick or try to re-sign him for a more few years.

Should the Steelers ultimately decide to let Hood leave, it would mark the first time the organization hasn’t re-signed a first-round defensive draft pick of their own at the conclusion of their rookie contract since former cornerback Deon Figures left via free agency in 1997 to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Figures was drafted by the Steelers in the first-round of the 1993 NFL Draft out of Colorado.

Ever since he was drafted in 2009, Hood, who is all of 27 years-old, has started 46 regular-season games and has dressed for 80 games in total. Despite and occasional back an ankle problem, he has been a picture of health and by my count has been on the weekly injury report just five weeks in his five-year career.

Hood lost is starting job last season to Cameron Heyward, but with Brett Keisel in and out of the lineup during the second half of the season because of an injury, the Missouri product still managed to log nearly 650 defensive snaps in seven starts.

While Hood very well might not be considered a quality starter by the Steelers, he would provide them experienced depth moving forward. So what’s Hood’s market value to the Steelers?

Being as the team signed nose tackle Steve McLendon to a three-year, $7.25 million contract last offesason to be a starter, one would think that Hood’s value to them would be right around there. McLendon was given $2.575 million guaranteed as part of his deal, so if Hood were to sign a three-year contract for roughly the same amount, it would stand to reason he would receive around $2.73 million guaranteed and his first year cap charge on such a deal would be $1.39 million.

Is there another team out there willing to pay Hood more to be a starting penetrating defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense? After all, he is a former first-round draft pick and is still on the right side of 30. We will know the answer to that question very soon.

  • Matt Manzo

    I have a feeling someone will offer him more. If you’re a crappy team and you’re looking for a solid player with character and durability and experience?! I would love to see what he can do in a 4-3!
    It comes down to whether or not the coaches think he’s hit his ceiling or if there’s more they can get out of him. I’d like to see him back.


    Just say no. This team was 8-8 for a reason. Players like Hood, Sanders, and Ike Taylor were a big reason why.

    How does this team improve if the plan is to bring back all of their mediocre players from last year? Just say no. The Steelers need to move on.

  • gene mann

    This guy was Miscast as a 3-4 DE who in fact is a 4-3 guy. I think a 4-3 team will make him an better offer.

  • 20Stoney

    I can’t help but think back to all of the rave reviews and predictions of greatness we heard about Ziggy coming out of his first training camp. It just never materialized on the field.

  • Rob H

    I think it was because of the off the charts physical abilities/strength that he has, along with a good attitude and work ethic, but like you said it just never seemed to translate on to the field. Now was that because of the fact that they made an error trying to fit the square piece into the round hole? I believe so, and I think some team is going to offer him more than us to find out.

  • Berlusconi

    I think a deal like the one McLendon got would be fair for both parties. He is a capable starter and it would be a reasonable salary that could allow the Steelers to invest more heavily in another position on defense, like OLB. However, it may be in his best interest to change system and play in a 4-3 if he wants to be more than mediocre for the rest of his career.

  • dgh57

    There’s some things to like about Hood but in the end he’s a backup and you want (if possible)a backup at any position to have some upside to be constantly pushing the guy in front of him. Hood doesn’t provide that push so it’s time to move on down the pipeline to see what Brian Arnfelt has to offer!

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Can we sign and trade him or if he gets to play for another team do we get a comp next yr

  • Steelers12328882

    We’re most likely going to lose Worilds, and well definitely lose Sanders, so I think you have to add that to the equation when thinking about keeping Ziggy. We improved at the end of the year, but if we have too many holes to fill we’ll take another step back. Ziggy has been solid and doesn’t get injured. Cam is a star, so I think it’s ok to have a less than spectacular starter on the other side, and if we can sign him to a similar deal as McClendon’s then I think it’s a good move for the Steelers.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Ziggy is a backup at best. It’s time to move on. He has proven he is not a pass rusher and he is terrible against the run. We already have enough mediocrity. Do you recall Steve McClendon is a starter?

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Did Mendenhall get a second contract with the Steelers?

  • tricitysteel

    No, left at the end of his rookie contract.

  • Ellwood Davis

    I hope for Ziggy’s sake, that he is signed by a 4-3 team that will use his talents properly. There is no way the Steelers should have drafted him to play LDE.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    That was the first thing I thought when I read this article was that Mendy wasnt resigned by us.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    The article states he could be the first first round defensive player to leave after his rookie contract. I misread it and thought it stated the first player.

  • CrazyTerry

    Ziggy is not worth more than 1M to the Steelers, especially in their D system. It would be crazy to sign him to McLendon’s contract. McLendon lucked out because he was still somewhat of an unknown with a potential big upside when he signed his extension thanks to Lebeau rarely playing him enough. We have seen all we have of Ziggy. Colbert would be a moron to pay him in the 2m range.

  • CrazyTerry

    Paying mediocrities like Hood in the high 2M range is what got the Steelers in cap hell in the first place.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    ahhhh…my reading comprehension is a little to be desired.