Oakland Raiders Should Jump on Charles Woodson
According to Pro Football Talk, Charles Woodson is now willing to join any team, even a rebuilding one.
“I know I am towards the end of my career. At this point, I want to play football. So if it is a rebuilding stage, at this point if that is the circumstances I have to play under, then that is what I am going to do,” said Woodson.
With that, many Oakland Raiders fans are are drooling to see Woodson finish off his career in the Silver-and-Black and don the No. 24 again — the number is even available for the taking. My Rant Sports colleague Jorge Contreras declared that Woodson belongs on Oakland’s roster.
Now, I understand Woodson’s age at 36 is a concern. Furthermore, I don’t doubt newly-signed Free Safety Usama Young‘s skills. But … what a better way to spark a fan base and bring a ton of excitement for the 2013 season and say “screw you” to Rotoworld’s worst overall roster rating?
No, in all seriousness, there is much better logic to my madness with this declaration.
When you take into factor that each team in the AFC West has major holes at the Safety position, pursuing Woodson should become abundantly clear.
I’m sure the Denver Broncos would have liked a little more awareness at FS in the AFC Championship Game. The Kansas City Chiefs‘ current starter Kendrick Lewis was ineffective in 2012. The San Diego Chargers have Brandon Taylor as their first-string SS, who only appeared in four games in limited fashion.
Woodson’s statement that he will play for anyone could result in him signing a small contract, which is perfectly suitable for Oakland by all means. Even if he doesn’t work out, a cheap contract doesn’t dictate his necessity to the program.
Who knows, Young could have a breakout season or just be flat-out better than Woodson. Signing him would provide depth to each position in the defensive backfield. It opens the possibility of running three safety packages, backing up each safety (FS or SS) and provide back up to the corners if one sustains an injury.
Adding Woodson with D.J. Hayden, Tracy Porter, Mike Jenkins, Tyvon Branch and Young forms one of the most dynamic secondaries in the NFL, providing a strong challenge for Payton Manning, Phillip Rivers and Alex Smith in the AFC West.
It seems that GM Reggie McKenzie likes bringing in guys from the Green Bay Packers. Woodson, who played under McKenzie with the Packers, would be the most fan-friendly move of his current regime. More importantly though, it would prevent their division rivals from improving their needy safety corps.
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