An examination of the Jaguars' additions in free agency.
DT Ziggy Hood
Contract details: Hood signed a four-year deal worth $16 million ($3.5 million guaranteed). His base salary of $2 million is fully guaranteed in 2014 and he also received a roster bonus of $2 million, so he's getting a guaranteed $4 million this season. In 2015, $1.5 million of his base salary of $3.95 million is guaranteed for injury and becomes fully guaranteed in April 2015. He makes a base salary of $3.475 million in 2016 and $4.075 million in 2016. None of his salary in those two years is guaranteed. He is due a roster bonus of $400,000 in 2017.
What's to like: The Jaguars plan on moving Hood back inside to a three-technique defensive tackle, which is where he excelled at Missouri. He was playing out of position at end in Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense since the Steelers drafted him with the final pick of the first round in 2009. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Hood is only 27 years old and gives the Jaguars good depth at tackle behind Roy Miller and Sen'Derrick Marks. Hood played in an attacking, up-field defensive scheme at Missouri where the emphasis was on tackling the running back on the way to the quarterback. He should beef up the interior pass rush.
What's concerning: The Jaguars are doing a bit of projecting here because Hood has not played inside in his five-year NFL career. However, Hood said his time at defensive end has allowed him to get better at using his hands.
From ESPN.com Steelers reporter Scott Brown: "Hood was durable and effort was never an issue with the former first-round pick. But he may have been miscast as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme after playing as a three-technique tackle in college. Hood has excellent strength and a good motor but he is not a great athlete nor does he run exceptionally well.”