Jaguars Gave Former Steelers DL Ziggy Hood $16 Million Over Four Years

According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1, the contract former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Ziggy Hood signed on Thursday with the Jacksonville Jaguars was a four-year deal worth $16 million and included roughly $5.5 million guaranteed.

Specifically, Hood will get a $2 million base salary in 2014 to go along with $2 million roster bonus.

$4 million a season is certainly more than the Steelers were willing to pay Hood, who they drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. We will likely never know if the Steelers even tried to retain him at this point.

Hood said during his introductory press conference that he’ll play defensive tackle in the Jaguars defense and feels like he can showcase his skills at that position.

Hood was a penetrating defensive tackle in college and never really made the transition to the defensive end in the Steelers 3-4 defense.

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  • steeltown

    Sounds about right

  • shawn

    More than I would have expected …

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Man the Jags have been busy, either way i think he was always meant for a 4-3 defense

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I would like to see more college teams running the 3-4 defense

  • treeher

    Never a fit in Pittsburgh. He will flourish in Jacksonville.

  • steeltown

    Jason Babin, Red Bryant, Ziggy Hood, Chris Clemons

    They’re going to have a damn good DLine

  • Eric MacLaurin

    So, 6.5 per for hood and Woods or other options?

  • Melly

    way too much…cya!

  • PA2AK

    way too much for Steelers…good signing for the Jags though. We’ll see. Hope he does well. It wasn’t for lack of effort in Pittsburgh.

  • Rob H

    Definitely other options, I really don’t get all the angst I’ve seen over losing those two. I realize that leaves us thin on d-lineman…for the moment, but free agency just started, and the draft is still 2 months away. I know it’s not everybody that’s losing their minds, but the ones who are need to take a breath and let the dust settle before freaking out over Al Woods and Ziggy Hood

  • srdan

    when you put it that way, i would rather give it to others. At that price for our shcme we should be able to upgrade.

  • srdan

    I hope he does, we reap the benefit in the form of picks.

  • CrazyTerry

    A ridiculous contract. 4M a year??? They must be gambling that the Steeelers did a bad job in drafting him for their system and that he might be a better fit for their system. It’s possible, I guess. But which other team would have paid him that much?

  • SteelersDepot

    When you look at the structure, it’s really only a one-year deal.

  • Madi

    Alright, I wanted to keep him, but… Can’t blame the Steelers for not matching that. I was down to give him $7.5M for 3 years. But $16M is too much for a square peg in a round hole. I wish him luck. Hope he finally breaks out.

  • CW

    Sort of kick the tires and see if he’s worth the rest then, right?

  • CrazyTerry

    What if he plays like a 2.5 or 3M player, would the Jaguars cut him? They might just bite the bullet and keep him unless he stinks it up for another year.
    Steelers should be extending Heyward before more mediocre players keep driving up his price.

  • CW

    Steelers should have a fifth year option on Heyward if I remember the new CBA right, so while extending him sometime this year makes sense it isn’t absolutely necessary right now.

  • CW

    Agreed. Never thought that he’d get a new contract for more than 10 million over four years.

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    So, in retrospect, was it a huge mistake to make him our first-round pick, even if it was at the end of the round? I can’t recall, but weren’t there concerns at the time that moving him to DE in a 3-4 wasn’t going to work?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Too expensive for my blood…I guess since he is going to be a starter that is probably what he should get as most of us were looking at him as a backup for us.

  • Milliken Steeler

    I like Ziggy and I wish him luck. I will never slam someone for being consistent, staying healthy and having a great attitude on our team.

    You look at what others have done and what Haynesworth did to the incompetent Snyder in DC to the tune of a 100 million bucks and I can honestly say thank you to Ziggy for giving us everything that he had.

  • shawn

    I LIKE that attitude !

  • Bill Molinaro

    Titans must have seen something in him that nobody associated with the Steelers saw. Are they going to run a 43?

  • Ike Evans

    Jacksonville has some players now…..they just need a QB and for Jason babin to have one of his kill everything moving years

  • Bill Molinaro

    I guess the Titans are now Pittsburgh south; How’d that work for Arizona?

  • Douglas Andrews

    Wow I second that! Were not talking about pro bowler here. We might even have the replacements for these guys on the roster already.

  • Steve

    16 mil for 4 years. $5.5 guaranteed.

  • Will Hammer

    Remember the jags don’t have a QB making any money either so they have cap room to over pay for players .. they can get 1 in the draft and rebuild … The only dif here-is they had to lose forever to get to this position .. When the Steelers go 8-8 it’s Armageddon in PGH.. I’d rather pick 15 -32 every yr .

  • Jazz

    I agree, I think he will definitely come into his own there in Jacksonville.

  • CW

    I know what he is getting paid. I am saying that even at 2.5 million per year it would have been too much based on how well Hood played.

  • Steve

    Right about that. For a backup mediocre player.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    And 1 day the Steelers will have great lines again. Let’s hope real soon.

  • charles

    Nobody knows what Ziggy would have done in a real NFL defense the 4-3, I guess we will find out. He certainly made a splash on you boob 2 years ago with his physical conditioning.

  • James Kling

    Good luck, Ziggy, except against your old team. Never saw him as a 3-4 end, but seemed to work hard and keep his nose clean.

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