Charles Woodson’s free-agency saga has now come a conclusion. In a homecoming of sorts, Woodson inked a deal with Oakland Raiders, the team who he played for in the early stages of his career.
However, the Jacksonville Jaguars missed out on a golden opportunity to add a solid veteran to their roster by not pursuing the former Heisman Trophy winner.
While Woodson may only have a couple of years left in his NFL career, he still provides an element of veteran leadership, and is still a top-notch playmaker on the defensive side of the ball. The Jaguars also would have benefited from the versatility of Woodson, who can be used at almost any defensive back position.
With the Jaguars’ relatively young and inexperienced secondary, Woodson could have played a major part in the development of young players, such as Johnathan Cyprien and Dwayne Gratz. Woodson would have served as a mentor for the players who are new to the league and what comes with it.
Even if Woodson was not a full-time starter for Jacksonville’s secondary, he would have served an invaluable depth should one of the starters had gone down with an injury. With his ability to play any position in the secondary, Woodson would have fit in with relative ease.
The Jaguars would have been able to offer Woodson a respectable contract, without breaking the bank. It would not have been smart to throw a great amount of cash at someone of Woodson’s age, but bringing him at modest price would have paid dividends for the organization.
Jacksonville appears to be building for the future, and they feel that youth is the way to go. It is hard to argue against their strategy and logic, and it will be interesting to see how the future unfolds for the Jaguars.