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Browns sign Hood

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 26, 2009

The Browns continue to stockpile defensive backs, signing six-year veteran Rod Hood Tuesday.

Hood spent the previous two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, starting 14 games in 2008 and 16 in 2007. Entering the league as a undrafted free agent, Hood played his first four years with Philadelphia.

In two seasons with the Cardinals, Hood totalled 94 tackles, 35 passes defensed and six interceptions. Last season he returned a blocked field goal 68 yards for a touchdown.

Hood's best numbers came in 2007, when he notched 54 tackles, 21 pass breakups and five interceptions. His 196 interception return yards (on two picks) finished second in the league behind teammate Antrel Rolle.

For the Eagles, Hood played in 87 games (starting 42) and totalled 171 tackles, 63 pass breakups, 11 interceptions, five fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one sack. A native of Columbus, Ga., Hood, 5-foot-11 and 198 pounds, was a walk-on at Auburn.

The Browns drafted defensive backs Coye Francies (San Jose State) and Don Carey (Norfolk State) in April, signed Corey Ivy and Hank Poteat in free agency and added safety Abram Elam in a draft-day trade. They also signed four rookie free agents -- Nathrain Ness (Arizona), Bryan Williams (Akron, Buchtel High), Bret Lockett (UCLA) and Jason Venson (Central Florida).


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