Chris Clemons, Ziggy Hood agree to deals with Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars reportedly signed DE Chris Clemons and announced they had agreed to terms with DT/DE Ziggy Hood on Thursday, adding them to a depth chart that also features former Seahawks lineman Red Bryant, who signed over the weekend. Bryant and Clemons should be familiar with Bradley's work -- both played for the Jacksonville head coach when he was Seattle's defensive coordinator.
Clemons, about 14 months removed from the torn ACL he suffered in a playoff game at Washington, will turn 33 in October. He still should be able to provide Bradley some punch off the edge, especially because he fits the mold of the so-called "Leo" linebacker in Bradley's scheme -- a hybrid DE/OLB player. Clemons recorded 11.0 sacks in 2010 and again in '11, then bumped that number to 11.5 in 2012 under Bradley's tutelage; he had 4.5 sacks last season after working his way back from that knee injury.
Tyson Alualu, Andre Branch and Clemons should fill out the pass-rushing rotation for Jacksonville, though this latest signing likely does not eliminate the Jaguars as a possible landing spot for Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack come the draft.
Hood may be in line for a career revival. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman never panned out over five seasons in Pittsburgh the way that franchise envisioned. Hood started a combined 37 games from 2011-13, but his role figures to be significantly more limited in Jacksonville. And that may work to his favor, as he attempts to find some footing in Bradley's aggressive front.
Sen'Derrick Marks and Roy Miller started 16 and 14 games, respectively, for the Jaguars at tackle last season. The duo is still on the roster, and Bryant is an adept early-down run-stopper from either the inside or outside. There's little pressing need for Hood then, so he will have to earn his way into the rotation.
Grade for Clemons signing: A-minus. Still waiting to see the dollars involved here. Bradley, though, needed more guys capable of getting after it off the edge, and the bonus in the Clemons addition is that he already knows this scheme. Even if his snap count is limited by age and lingering effects of the knee injury, he'll provide sacks and QB pressures for Jacksonville. Grade for Hood signing: C-plus. That grade has more to do with Hood himself than the Jaguars' decision to add him. He may be worth taking a shot on given Bradley's track record. Right now, he is little more than a depth player who did not have much of a market.