NFL Rumors: Charles Woodson headed for West Coast?

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Charles Woodson
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Only two years removed from winning the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award, cornerback/safety Charles Woodson got his pinks slips from the Green Bay Packers this offseason.

With little left in the tank, the veteran will be looking to land with a contender in 2013 with the hopes of earning one more ring before he hangs it up. One potential suitor that could meet his list of prerequisites is the Seattle Seahawks.

Many expect Woodson to pursue a starting gig with a contender this offseason as he looks to end his career with a bang. He’s coming off of a 2012 campaign during which he missed nine games with a broken collarbone, further emphasizing the fact that health has become an issue for the aging veteran.

While a starting gig with the Seahawks doesn’t seem likely, Woodson would fit in well as a rotational safety who could help mentor Seattle’s impressive bunch of young, talented defensive backs. With two phenomenal cornerbacks in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner at his sides, Woodson would team with Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas to form a three-headed monster at the backend of the Seattle defense.

With Woodson in the picture, the Seahawks would be able to field an even more dynamic defense. Woodson brings a well-rounded attack to the field, combining terrific coverage skills with phenomenal abilities against the run and as a pass-rusher. Especially if they could get all four of the aforementioned stars on the field at the same time as Woodson – like the three-safety look the New York Giants use – opposing offenses would be hard-pressed to pass the ball.

Woodson may be nearing the end of his NFL career, but the wily veteran still has the talent to make an impact. The main reason the Packers severed ties was due to the $10 million he would have counted against the salary cap in 2013, which is a bit excessive for a player of his age and frailty. If he would be willing to accept a smaller role – and paycheck – in Seattle, there’s no reason to believe he wouldn’t be a terrific addition to the Seahawks’ secondary.

If Woodson really wants one more ring to solidify his legacy, Seattle better be one of his top options this offseason. Both parties would greatly benefit from this union as the Seahawks head into a 2013 campaign overflowing with promise.

Gil Alcaraz IV is a Network Manager/NFL featured columnist for Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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