According to some reports the New York Giants are one of four teams that have shown interest in free agent cornerback Charles Woodson. The Giants need depth at cornerback where Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley represent the Giants at the position. Webster is coming off of a down year. Amukamara, while showing a lot of improvement last season, still has a lot of questions surrounding him and his ability to stay healthy for a full season. Hosley showed some flashes of potential last season but also battled injuries and ineffectiveness at times last year.
Adding Woodson, who was cut by the Green Bay Packers this off-season, does not mean the Giants are thinking about cutting Corey Webster. Instead, talking to Woodson could be nothing more than the Giants doing their due diligence on a cornerback who is still playing at a high level and could add veteran depth at a position that many considered a weakness for the Giants last season. There is also the chance the Giants don’t view Woodson as a corner first anymore but rather as a potential impact player at safety.
Woodson, who will turn 37 in October, only played in seven games last season after suffering a broken collarbone in Week 7. Last season was also the first time in Woodson’s career that he played strong safety wile occasionally playing nickel corner. Despite the down year last season Woodson did record 7 interceptions in 2011. The Giants could use Woodson in several roles if the two sides can come to an agreement.
Woodson would be able to fill the role of the third safety that Perry Fewell likes to employ. Before breaking his collarbone, Woodson did fairly well in that role. He would be a very versatile and potentially impactful player in that role with the Giants. The Giants could have an opening in their safety department with Kenny Phillips slated to hit the open market so this is a move that would make sense for the Giants.
The Giants would be a fairly decent fit for Woodson as he winds down his illustrious NFL career. They are only one year removed from their Super Bowl appearance, have a veteran locker room, and should be contenders next season. This would be an interesting marriage that could produce big results. Of course, it all comes to down to financials and whether or not the two sides are truly meant for each other.