The Washington Redskins released veteran Ziggy Hood earlier today.
The journeyman defensive tackle played in four games this season, accumulating three tackles and no sacks. He became expendable with the return of fellow defensive lineman Stacy McGee off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Signed in 2016, Hood had an interesting tenure in DC. Known as a defensive end in Pittsburgh, Hood mostly played out of position during his time in Washington. Lined up mostly as a nose tackle, he was more of a rotational player and was known for his leadership and grit as opposed to his production on the field.
Hood was well liked in Washington. Many claim he was a strong locker room presence and was a positive influence on the young defensive linemen. His work ethic in the weight room has been documented as well.
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) October 16, 2018
But the NFL is a numbers game. McGee now returns from a six week designation from the PUP list. He is now eligible to return to the active roster; although the team may take a wait-and-see approach. McGee is three years younger than Hood and offers more upside as a pass rusher. The development of free agent pick-up Caleb Brantley may factor into Hood’s release as well.
Hood has played 10 seasons in the NFL. He was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and also played for the Chicago Bears for one season. He started 27 games for the Redskins between 2016-2017.