The Browns today signed former Arizona cornerback Rod Hood. He started for the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII but was released a week after the NFL Draft.
Hood's best season came in 2007 when he intercepted five passes and had 54 tackles. The Browns have also signed veteran cornerbacks Hank Poteat and Corey Ivy this offseason.
Hood, 27, will more than likely compete for a spot in the starting lineup. He has started 87 games in his six-year career. He was signed in 2003 by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent from Auburn.
See the complete press release from the Browns after the jump:
The Cleveland Browns today signed free agent cornerback Rod Hood, the team announced. Hood, a six-year NFL veteran, spent the previous two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
Hood started 14 of the 15 games he appeared in last season at cornerback, and collected 40 tackles, 14 passes defensed and one interception. He added one tackle on special teams and returned a blocked field goal attempt 68 yards for a touchdown. In two seasons with the Cardinals, Hood registered 94 tackles, 35 passes defensed and six interceptions. His most productive NFL season came in 2007 when he started all 16 games and recorded 54 tackles, 21 passes defensed and five interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. His 196 interception return yards in 2007 were the second-most in the NFL that year, trailing only teammate Antrel Rolle.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Philadelphia in 2003, Hood spent the first four seasons of his career with the Eagles. In his six NFL seasons, he has played in 87 games with 42 starts and has amassed 171 tackles, 63 passes defensed, 11 interceptions, five fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one sack. He has also contributed 42 special teams tackles.
The 5-11, 198-pound Hood began his collegiate career as a walk-on at Auburn, where he played in 47 games and tallied 106 tackles with five interceptions. Born October 3, 1981, the Columbus, Ga., native attended Carver (Columbus, Ga.) High School.