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Hood agrees to terms with Steelers

A league source tells us that the Steelers have struck a deal with defensive tackle Ziggy Hood, the 32nd overall pick in the draft.

Meanwhile, agent Andy Ross reportedly has posted on his Twitter account a message indicating that an agreement has been reached.

Hood is the fourth 2009 first-rounder to sign, and the final Steelers draft pick to reach a contract.

Per the source, Hood will receive $6.1 million in guaranteed money, a base package of $8.7 million, and a maximum possible deal (with escalators) of $11.3 million.

The guaranteed money is a 7.8 percent increase over the last pick in round one (31st overall) a year ago, and the base contract represents a 7.9 percent increase.  (Another source tells us it’s only a 1.3 percent increase.)

We’re told that Hood learned of the deal while in Missouri running 110-yard sprints with his former college teammates as they prepare for the next football season.

His next sprint likely will be to the bank.  And then, in order to maintain his bulk, to the Golden Corral.

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6 Responses to “Hood agrees to terms with Steelers”
  1. Wick says: Jul 25, 2009 3:47 PM

    Though he may not contribute right away, Ziggy will be a perfect Pittsburgh Steeler. Great to have all our rooks on board before camp.

  2. blitzburgh1 says: Jul 25, 2009 4:24 PM

    We’re all signed! Let the games begin!

  3. tv says: Jul 25, 2009 4:50 PM

    Ziggy Hood is now on a team with last year’s first rounder Limas Sweed.
    WTF is up with these names?

  4. zak says: Jul 25, 2009 8:09 PM

    Limas Sweed was a second round pick last year, Rashard (i broke my shoulder) Mendenhall was the first rounder…

  5. zak says: Jul 25, 2009 8:10 PM

    Ok…I thought I posted this but maybe not.
    Limas was the 2nd round pick, Mendenhall was the 1st round pick

  6. SixBurghDude says: Jul 26, 2009 10:51 AM

    Can’t wait for 09/10/09 @ the confluence…next order of business needs to be getting the best all around TE in the NFL (IMHO) and def. the most under-rated, Heath Miller, locked up long term…Here we go STEELERS! Here we GO!!!

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