Should the Minnesota Vikings Pursue Charles Woodson?

By Andrew Fisher
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With the official loss of Antoine Winfield, the Minnesota Vikings need help in their secondary. It was the gamble they took when they cut Winfield a few weeks back, and now they have to deal with the ramifications. The main issue – there aren’t any veteran cornerbacks on the roster. There are several young talents in place with Chris Cook and Josh Robinson, but that key veteran presence is now gone.

One possible solution – signing Charles Woodson.

The veteran defensive back is still on the market after being cut by the Green Bay Packers. A few teams showed initial interest in the former defensive player of the year, but now he says no one wants him because of his age. There’s no doubt Woodson is old, but it doesn’t mean his productive days are over.

You have to refer to Woodson as a ‘defensive back’ now, because he did convert to safety at the end of his days in Green Bay. However, it doesn’t mean he can’t still come in and play corner, if needed. The loss of Winfield basically means the Vikings need a slot corner, and we all know Woodson could easily come in and be that guy. Plus, if there was an injury, I’m sure you could still plug in the veteran to any spot in the secondary.

The main hold up in signing Woodson, would of course be money. The Vikings are only around $5 million under the cap, and obviously Woodson wouldn’t come cheap. It will come down to whether or not Minnesota goes completely young by drafting Winfield’s replacement, or if they want to have a veteran presence in their secondary. There’s a lot to be said for that veteran leader, so don’t rule out the possibility of Woodson heading to Minneapolis.


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