The New York Giants should sign veteran defensive back Charles Woodson to a one-year deal.
The Giants are reportedly interested in the former Heisman Trophy winner after he left a visit with the Denver Broncos without a contract. Woodson’s agent, Carl Poston, told ESPN that the Giants “have just put their toe in the water again for Charles Woodson.”
Woodson is exactly the type of veteran locker room presence that the Giants could use in their secondary this season.
Last season with the Green Bay Packers, Woodson hauled in just one interception, his lowest total since 2005, but still believes he has plenty left in the tank.
The Giants secondary could use it. In 2012, New York’s defense allowed 254 passing yards per game, fifth-worst in the NFL. The Giants secondary was bailed out by 21 interceptions, including eight by safety Stevie Brown, or that number could’ve been much worse.
Now part of the reason the Giants struggled is because of a poor performance from its otherwise stellar defensive line. The Giants recorded just 33 sacks, 10th-worst in the NFL, which put extra pressure on the second level of New York’s defense.
Woodson is the perfect addition for the Giants. He would mostly be relied on during dime and nickel packages, but could step into a starting role if need be. Safety Antrel Rolle has been a productive member of the secondary, but hardly been the dynamic playmaker the Giants were expecting.
For now, general manager Jerry Reese’s top priority is getting wide receiver Victor Cruz signed to a long-term deal. Once that’s completed, Reese should evaluate whether the Giants could use the veteran safety and Super Bowl champion.
He couldn’t hurt.