Heading into this off-season, Charles Woodson set his sights on joining a team that would be a contender for a Super Bowl championship. The 36-year old cornerback/safety had been released by the Green Bay Packers, and Woodson believed the market for his services would be bountiful.
After multiple teams showed tepid interest at best, Woodson had to start examining whether or not he would change his game plan around, and be willing to play somewhere for a team that might not be quite ready to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at season's end. “I know I am towards the end of my career. At this point, I want to play football. So if it is a rebuilding stage, at this point if that is the circumstances I have to play under, then that is what I am going to do.”
In recent days, there has been speculation that at least three AFC western division teams have all checked in on Woodson: the Denver Broncos, the San Diego Chargers, and the most interesting of the group, Woodson's original team, the Oakland Raiders. It might make perfect sense for Woodson to reunite with the silver and black, and provide much needed depth at both corner and safety, and to be a positive veteran influence on someone such as rookie corner D.J. Hayden. Working and watching Woodson go about his business each day would be worth Oakland seriously considering bringing back their former all-pro corner.
Woodson might be considering other teams that are in need of both a productive defensive back as well as a veteran leader in the locker room as they begin their respective rebuilding processes. With the recent announcement by Ronde Barber that he is hanging it up, Woodson might be a perfect fit to slide into the safety position vacated by Barber in Tampa Bay.
The Arizona Cardinals, who recently drafted troubled LSU star Tyrann Matheiu would benefit greatly from the positive, professional influence that Woodson has displayed throughout his career. Other teams that might be looking to add Charles Woodson include the Cleveland Browns, the St. Louis Rams, and the Dallas Cowboys. Wherever Woodson ends up, the team he signs with will be getting more than they ever bargained and paid for.