The latest NFL rumors suggest the Green Bay Packers might release superstar safety Charles Woodson in an attempt to get under the salary cap, which is common speculation this time of year. However, the Packers would be making a huge mistake by letting Woodson go, even if it meant cutting a younger player instead for cap purposes. If Green Bay loses Woodson, it will create problems on the Packers’ defense that will be impossible to overcome in an attempt to win another Super Bowl.
Green Bay’s offense is off the charts and that won’t change, even after the departure of Greg Jennings. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has that unit ready to roll every week, but even if they put up 50, they’ll still lose if their opponent scores 55.
Woodson may not be the perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate he once was, but the former Heisman Trophy winner is still a stud at age 36 and he’ll greatly help another defense if he’s let go. The Packers need him to help revive a defense that was dominant in recent memory and then fell off, especially during his absence last season with a broken collarbone.
In 2012, Green Bay ranked 22nd in the NFL in total defense with only seven starts by Woodson. Stretch that back out to 16 after he’s had a full off-season to recover and there won’t be any more games like the Packers’s divisional loss when they let San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick run all over them. Think about it, Green Bay: cutting Woodson is not the right move, even if it will give you a lot of room under the cap.