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Bengals check Hood

Posted: 11:45 p.m.

The Bengals could be looking to the Super Bowl for their third cornerback.

According to, former Cardinal Rod Hood is set to visit Cincinnati and indications are it is Thursday when the BengalsĀ unveil their newest defensive back, former Dallas safety Roy Williams.

Hood, 27, started 30 games the last two seasons for the NFC champion Cardinals but didn't get the start in Tampa in the big game when the Steelers opened in a triple tight end set. He did make six tackles in Arizona's loss but in an ironic twist the Cards opted to cut his $3 million salary for 2009 and replace him with Steelers free agent cornerback Bryant McFadden.

But they didn't cut him until last week, after picking up a couple of defensive backs in the draft.

Hood also played in a Super Bowl for the Eagles along with Bengals middle linebacker Dhani Jones and returned a kickoff 32 yards in the loss to the Patriots.

The Bengals like what they have in last year's third corner, second-year man David Jones, but the 5-11, 196-pound Hood offers the experience of six NFL seasons, 87 NFL games, 43 starts and 11 interceptions. Plus, Hood is known as a guy with tremendous makeup after walking on at Auburn and then making it in the NFL as a free agent with Philadelphia, where he started 13 games in four seasons before moving to Arizona.

Hood is literally a good guy. He got the Good Guy Award last year from the Arizona media.

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