Charles Woodson Belongs on Oakland Raiders
It has been seven years since Charles Woodson wore the silver-and-black jersey of the Oakland Raiders. Woodson made multiple pro-bowls with the Raiders and his number 24 jerseys were spotted all over the country.
After leaving the Raiders, Woodson joined the Green Bay Packers where he seemed to regain his swagger. With the Packers, Woodson made four pro bowls, won defensive player of the year and won a Super Bowl.
The time has come for Charles Woodson to come home to Oakland. Woodson would immediately become the captain of our defense as well as the starting free safety. Now that the Raiders have released Michael Huff, Woodson would even be able to don his number 24 jersey.
Dennis Allen was hired because he was a defensive stalwart who prided himself on running hybrid defensive schemes. Unfortunately, the Raiders defense was not talented enough to run Allen’s system so the Raiders defense was once again the laughing stock of the league.
During the offseason, the Raiders have cleaned house on defense and have brought in 9 new starters on defense. With the new group of solid linebackers that were brought in the Raiders defense can finally run both the 3-4 and 4-3 hybrid scheme.
Having Woodson roam the secondary, as the starting free safety, would give the Raiders one of the most dynamic defensive backfields in the NFL. Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins and first round pick DJ Hayden will both lock down the top two wide receivers while former New Orleans Saints Super Bowl hero Tracy Porter will be making plays as a slot corner. The hard-hitting Tyvon Branch would be Woodson’s partner as the strong safety.
Bringing Woodson back to Oakland makes too much sense and it is up to Reggie McKenzie to make it happen. Now that the free agent market has died down, Woodson would not cost the Raiders much money and Woodson’s Green Bay ties fits right into McKenzie’s M.O. of bringing in former Packers players.
Jorge Contreras is an Oakland Raiders writer for RantSports.com. Follow Jorge on Twitter @jraycontreras