As I speculated on last weekend, there’s talk that a reunion between veteran defensive back Charles Woodson and the Oakland Raiders could be in the works. Recent events have painted an even clearer picture as the offseason moves along.
According to Woodson’s agent, the Raiders have invited his client to Oakland for a visit, which could lead to a deal being struck.
“The Raiders have invited Charles in for a visit,” he said. “As of right now the plan is for him to fly in Tuesday. We are still waiting for their official schedule at this time.”
If this meeting does go down as planned, there’s a good chance that the Raiders could come to terms with the Woodson, the cornerback/safety who started his NFL career in Oakland. The Raiders drafted the Michigan alum and only Heisman-winning defender with the No. 4 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft.
Other teams, including the Denver Broncos and New York Giants, have recently shown interest in Woodson. The 15-year NFL veteran left Denver on Wednesday without a deal in place, which opened the door for the Raiders to swoop in and bring him back to his original NFL home.
It’ll be up to Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie to show Woodson that he belongs back in Oakland. If McKenzie can prove that the franchise is stable in the post-Al Davis era and headed in an upward direction, it could be enough to get the 36-year-old on board.
This is a golden opportunity for the Raiders to get Woodson back in silver and black and provide their young secondary with a role model. We’ll see if McKenzie and Co. have the brass ones to pull it off.