The Bears could have even more competition for veteran cornerback Rod Hood.
That is after news came out of San Francisco today that veteran cornerback Walt Harris, the first-round pick of the Bears in 1996, will likely miss the entire season after tearing an ACL in an offseason workout on Tuesday. The 49ers could be in the market for a corner and likely know Hood well after he started 30 games for NFC West rival Arizona the last two seasons.
Hood visited the Detroit Lions on Monday and has reportedly received a contract offer from St. Louis. Cleveland is also believed to be interested but Cincinnati, another team he has visited, is out of the picture. Hood was released April 28 when the defending NFC champion Cardinals also let Edgerrin James and Travis LaBoy. He was scheduled to earn $3 million this season and was relegated to a No. 3 role after the club signed Bryant McFadden in free agency.
"Rod is looking for a team with a strong chance to win,'' said agent Joel Segal, who expects to have a deal in place for his client within a week.
Hood will not get $3 million annually from the Bears, and he might have a better shot at working his way into a starting job elsewhere. The Bears lined up Nathan Vasher at right cornerback at the first OTA on Wednesday and had Zack Bowman at left cornerback filling in for Charles Tillman, who is still recovering from shoulder surgery in January.
But the Bears are likely seeking depth at the position after they unveiled Corey Graham's move to free safety. Hood is a veteran with 43 career starts in six seasons and after Tillman and Vasher, the Bears don't have any of that at the position. Cornerback is one of the last places teams want to get caught with inexperience being an issue. Recall the Chris Thompson incident vs. Carolina in the 2005 playoffs if you have questions on that. There are a handful of experienced guys on the street right now, though, as ESPN.com's Mike Sando details.
More on Graham's move to free safety this evening. Up next, as promised, Hunter Hillenmeyer's production in 2007 vs. 2008.