NFL Rumors: Charles Woodson to sign in NFC South?

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Charles Woodson
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Veteran cornerback/safety Charles Woodson is still a free agent after the Green Bay Packers released the 36-year-old in order to make some room under the salary cap.

The 2009 Defensive Player of the Year is looking to land a starting gig with a contender, as he hopes to make one last run at another Super Bowl ring before he hangs up his cleats. One team – and potential contender – that could be an option heading into 2013 is the New Orleans Saints.

Considering that the Saints fielded one of the worst secondaries in the NFL in 2012, Woodson seems like a logical option down in the Bayou. With strong safety Roman Harper likely to be released or put into a smaller role in 2013, signing a veteran like Woodson who still has the talent to be a difference-maker also puts the Saints into a Darren Sharper-type of situation. The veteran safety was signed in 2009, and helped the Saints to a Super Bowl victory.

While Woodson brings instincts and elite coverage skills to the table, the aging safety has struggled with injuries as of late. He has broken his collarbone twice in the last two seasons while battling the occasional knee issues. And seeing as he’ll be 37 in October, the tank is running on empty at this point in his NFL career.

The only problem facing the Saints in signing Woodson is the veteran’s expectations when it comes to a new deal. New Orleans is in quite a hole when it comes to their financial situation, currently about $13.5 million over the estimated 2013 salary cap. Seeing as Woodson would likely expect a significant figure to sign, the Saints might not have the room to bring him aboard.

If Woodson came at the right price, the Saints would be smart to add a wily veteran like him to their defensive backfield. The lingering question is what his demands will be in the way of a contract. For now, all we can do is speculate.

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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