Pittsburgh Steelers Must Choose Between Ziggy Hood and Al Woods

By Brandon Sweeney
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In case you are still unaware, the Pittsburgh Steelers have to make some changes this offseason. The Steelers have 21 unrestricted free agents that they must make decisions on, and with little salary cap space available, the Steelers will have to let some of these men walk and find new homes in the NFL. Whether good or bad, it must be done.

Of the 21 free agents, three are defensive linemen. 35-year-old Brett Keisel has likely played his last snap with the Steelers. For Ziggy Hood and Al Woods, the Steelers may only keep one of them. Which raises the question, if the Steelers retain just one defensive lineman, who will it be?

Hood has yet to turn into the defensive prospect the Steelers were hoping when drafting him No. 32 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. The five-year pro only started seven games due to losing his starting spot on the defense to Cameron Heyward. However, Hood has remained durable. Hood has played in every game of his career (80), and he recorded 39 tackles with three sacks in 2013.

Woods has had much less playing time his stats are quite low as a result. However, in 2013, Woods did not disappoint as he made his first two starts of his career. Woods finished the season with 16 tackles and two sacks while playing both the defensive end and nose tackle positions.

Neither player has made a big name for themselves so I image both would be rather cheap. Woods looks to hold more potential in the 3-4 defense. Since being claimed onto the roster late in 2011, Woods has worked his way into a role position and could be a starter on the opposite side of Heyward next season if the Steelers are willing to keep him. As always, time will tell what the Steelers will do defensively.

Brandon Sweeney covers the Pittsburgh Steelers and NFL football for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SweeneyRant, Like him on Facebook , add him to Google+, and Trust him on Sulia.

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