First Round Pick "Ziggy" Hood Is Officially a Steeler

Mack RosenbergContributor IJuly 25, 2009

PITTSBURGH - MAY 01:  Ziggy Hood #96 of the Pittsburgh Steelers works out during rookie training camp at the Pittsburgh Steelers Practice Facility on May 1, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

The Steelers officially reached terms with first round pick Evander "Ziggy" Hood. The reported deal includes $6.1 million of guaranteed cash for Hood. It's essentially a five-year deal with a base salary of $8.7 million per year.

Hood, the defensive end from the University of Missouri, is only the fourth first-round draft pick to be signed to a deal and Pittsburgh is certainly very happy that they were able to get passed any holdouts with Hood, especially before the start of training camp next week.

Another interesting note: the Steel are all set with their draft picks and will also head into camp with all 80 players on the roster securely signed to contracts.

It's always nice to be the defending champs and not have to deal with any surrounding player holdouts. It's a rarity in the NFL these days.