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Report: Bears bringing in veteran CB Rod Hood for visit

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Pisa Tinoisamoa was the scheduled guest at the Bears' first OTA of the offseason today and they'll have another one at Halas Hall on Thursday.

Veteran cornerback Rod Hood is scheduled to make a visit, news first reported on He has repotedly been offered a contract by the St. Louis Rams and is also drawing interest from Cleveland and Detroit. Hood was cut loose by the Arizona Cardinals after starting 30 games for them over the last two seasons.

The Bears have solid depth at cornerback but could be looking to add an experienced player with Corey Graham making the transition to free safety, a move that started today. Hood has good size at 5-11, 198 pounds.

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If Chicago signs Rod Hood, we'll pretty much know the Corey Graham move to free safety is permanent. Even without Hood, Graham should be able to stay at safety, especially with the drafting of D.J. Moore. Between Moore and Vasher, the Bears should be able to get a solid starting corner.

Moore could prove to be a steal, had he been a couple inches taller, he'd probably of been a 1st rounder. Moore has always been known as one of the best cover corners in college, I'm glad he slipped to the Bears.

Moving Graham to free safety also shows something elese, Maybe Nathan Vasher is getting back to being the ballhawk we all came to know and love a few seasons back. Vasher certainly needs to step his game up to land a starting job, we'll have to stay tuned on this one.

My hope is if Chicago is gonna move Graham to free safety, leave him there, no more flip flop like they did with Danieal Manning. I think Graham has some talent and can become a pretty good contributor for the Bears secondary, I'd hate to see the Bears stunt his development by flip flopping him from corner to safety then back to corner. Chicago needs a free safety, if the coaching staff thinks Graham can become that player, move him to the position and develop him there, in time, Graham could develop into a pretty good free safety GO BEARS!!

Even if Graham stays at CB this isn't a bad move. Vasher and Tillman are both coming back from injuries, Moore is going to need time to develop, and McBride is more of a fill-in. Having an extra experience CB can only be a good thing no matter how these other situations work out.

We certainly invest enough in both draft picks and free agents to have a secondary that performs much better than ours did last year. I'm not sure Hood is the answer. I know teams don't like inexperienced DBs, but if UFA CB Turrenne continues to look good, I would think he might be the way to go.

There is a reason Hood was let go in Arizona, so unless he is a better fit here, I think I'd pass.

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