Charles Woodson is officially heading back to the Oakland Raiders. According to Rotoworld, Woodsons contract could range to a maximum of $4.3 million plus a $700,000 signing bonus. Drafted fourth overall in the 1998 Draft, Woodson spent eight seasons with the Raiders where he earned four Pro-Bowl appearances and three All-Pro selections.
Coming one day after Adam Shefter reported that Woodson was “intrigued” in a return to his original team, Oakland inks the famed defensive back.
Woodson will instantly launch into the starting role at Free Safety, overstepping newly-signed Usama Young. With Young being a younger and also talented FS, opens the door for the Raiders to run multiple safety sets. Woodson has always had a talent to generate a strong presence while blitzing, expect to see more of that in 2013.
The Raiders went from having a non-existent secondary to a seriously formidable one. After adding D.J. Hayden, Tracy Porter, Mike Jenkins and Young, the almost entirely new defensive backfield creates an opportunity for Woodson to play both safety and cornerback while tutoring his younger comrades in Hayden, Porter and Jenkins. His entrance creates one of the most dynamic secondaries in the NFL on paper.
Earlier in the offseason, Woodson had announced his desire to play for a contending team. After garnering little attention during the free agency period, Woodson had landed an offer from the Denver Broncos. Regardless, Woodson decides to head to a rebuilding franchise.
In this case, money talks. I don’t expect that the Broncos offered anything relatively close to $4.3 million for a 36 year-old veteran. Though the price tag placed on Woodson may be a bit high, lets not forget that Oakland will have around $70 million in cap space for the 2014 season — so spending the last of what they currently have isn’t a big issue.
G.M. Reggie McKenzie has had quite a successful offseason and has the Raider Nation excited for the 2013 season, even with numerous analysts stating that the team has the leagues worst roster.
One thing is sure, McKenzie is setting this team up for lots of success in the future.
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