Charles Woodson’s next move could be back to his roots in the AFC West. However, he may be wearing Denver Broncos blue and orange this time.
There are reports out of Denver that the Broncos are expected to talk with Woodson as early as this week. The move makes sense for the Broncos, a team with talent, but whose youth at the safety position could benefit tremendously from the leadership and experience that Woodson brings.
Woodson, the former first-round draft choice of the Oakland Raiders in 1998, has a resume that’s second to few. Awarded Rookie of the Year in 1998, Woodson has played in eight Pro Bowls, has been voted All-Pro seven times, has a Super Bowl ring, and was awarded the AP NFL Defensive player of the Year in 2009. He was also a Heisman Trophy awardee during his time with Michigan (a stint that included a National Championship).
The Broncos who have received much scrutiny about their defense, primarily their secondary, following their loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional rounds of the playoffs last year and have vehemently stood by their young safeties — rightfully so, as the Broncos had a top-five defense last season minus the Ravens game.
Before the news out of Denver, the interest around the league has cooled on Woodson since he visited the San Francisco 49ers in March.
Denver and Woodson could be the ideal paring for both parties. Woodson would get at least one more season to show off his Hall of Fame skills in the NFL. The Broncos would have another solid leader on the defensive side of the ball. And thanks to Ray Lewis, the Broncos and their fans are all too experienced to the impact of an aging veteran’s leadership on an NFL franchise.