Defensive backCharles Woodson today was released from the Green Bay Packers and speculation has already began to run rampant to see if he retires from the league or if he continues his career elsewhere. Granted this wasn’t a surprise, as Woodson missed nine games this year due to a broken collar bone. Personally, Woodson isn’t done and for being 36 years old (37 in October), he has plenty of fuel left in his tank and a team that could use his services even at his current age would be the Carolina Panthers, either at free safety replacing Haruki Nakamura or strong safety replacing Charles Godfrey. Besides the fact that Woodson is better than both of them, he would bring in leadership that this defense is direly needed to take the next step in its evolution.
Since coming out in 1998, Woodson has had 55 interceptions, 24 forced fumbles, and 11 touchdowns. He is the only player in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl in three different decades (1990s, 2000s, and 2010s) and will go down as one of the greatest defensive backs of all-time without question. The defensive back position has a track record of extreme longevity with players like Rod Woodson whom played til he was 38, Lawyer Milloy played til he was 37, however the standard is still Darrell Green who played 20 seasons in the NFL and retired at the tender age of 42. If Woodson doesn’t go to the Panthers, there are plenty of Super Bowl contenders chomping at the bit that need secondary help direly.