The countdown for the start of the NFL season is underway, and I’m shocked to see that some players such as John Abraham, Dwight Freeney and Brian Urlacher are still twiddling their thumbs waiting for that call to let them know which team is interested in signing them to the money they believe they deserve.
Well, it’s now the middle of May and training camps begin in July. I would hope that these players have come to their senses and realize that times have changed, teams have moved on and if they wish to play football again, they need to get off their high horse and take a pay-cut. One player who has seemed to understand his new circumstances is Charles Woodson.
After his last season with the Green Bay Packers and becoming a free agent, Woodson stated that he wanted to go to a contender. When those teams who are poised to contend for a Super Bowl didn’t come knocking on Woodson’s door, he changed his stance a bit and said he is willing to play for a rebuilding team. I think the New Orleans Saints are the perfect place for Woodson. The offense that the Saints have is set with Sean Payton and Drew Brees leading the way. The defense is what had issues last season and is in somewhat of a rebuilding mode. I believe Woodson can make a profound impact on the young secondary players for the Saints, and he will hit the jackpot coming to New Orleans.
Yes, Woodson is 36 years of age. Yes, Woodson had problems last season staying healthy, playing in only seven games. But, he did manage to get 25 tackles, one fumble forced and one interception last season. For his 16-year career, Woodson has compiled 921 tackles, 29 forced fumbles and 55 interceptions. He made the move to safety just before his 15th season, and he still has the athleticism to make big plays in coverage. He is a great blitzer and good run-support player that can help any team.
Woodson also has the ability to mentor players such as Patrick Robinson, Malcolm Jenkins and Kenny Vaccaro. Although Roman Harper is still in a Saints uniform, it doesn’t hurt to have a plethora of players ready to make a difference on the defensive end of the ball. Woodson is coachable and I think he will mesh rather well with Rob Ryan. Woodson can have the same effect Darren Sharper had when he joined the Saints in 2009, and we all know what happened that year.