Despite a stellar NFL career, former Oakland Raider and Green Bay Packers star Charles Woodson still remains unsigned. The cornerback turned safety is one of the key remaining free agents entering the 2013 season. Could he be headed from the Packers to NFC North rival Detroit Lions?
Woodson told the Detroit Free Press, “Here’s the thing about the Lions. The Lions have players. They just haven’t been able to put it together. Would I be open to playing (for them)? No question. But the dollars have to make sense, too”
Last season, Woodson was paid a base salary of $6.5 million. This would appear to be too expensive for the Lions current salary cap situation. However, if the team can get him to take a pay cut, Woodson could find himself in the Honolulu Blue.
Woodson already has a strong fan base in the state of Michigan, after three record breaking years on the Michigan Wolverines. Woodson helped the Wolverines win a National Championship in 1997. The former Wolverine also won the Heisman Trophy that same season and is the last non quarterback or running back to receive the trophy.
Over his NFL career, Woodson has recorded 55 interceptions, 11 defensive touchdowns, 29 forced fumbles and 17 sacks. Woodson’s 55 interceptions tie him for 19th place in the NFL record book and he can climb up several spots in 2013 if he is signed.
The Packers switched Woodson to safety and this is an area where he could see playing time with the Lions. The team brought in free agent Glover Quin to accompany Louis Delmas. However, the team found themselves in injury trouble at the position in 2012 and had to resort to using special teams players at safety.
The team also drafted cornerback Darius Slay in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Lions would likely use Woodson as a starter at safety, but would also benefit from his leadership and experience. With Slay and several young cornerbacks taken in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Lions could set themselves up for the future with Woodson on their roster.