Charles Woodson Will Now Play for Anyone

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Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson

When Charles Woodson was released by the Green Bay Packers he said he wanted to finish his career with a contender. That was in February.

It’s now May and Woodson not only doesn’t have a team, but he’s only had one visit — with the San Francisco 49ers, who signed some scab from the Rams and then drafted Eric Reid in the first round.

So Woodson’s changing his tune about playing for a contender.

“When this process first started out, that was my thing, I needed to go to a contender,” Woodson said Thursday on NFL Network.  “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.”

The problem here is money. Certainly there has to be some team in the NFL that can use a Charles Woodson.

Woodson was supposed to make $10 million this season in Green Bay. Clearly, he’s not getting that money anywhere. Our guess is he’s asking for around $5 million per season and finding no team willing to pay even that much — at least no contenders.

The wait may go on for a few more months. Either a team will lose a guy to injury and be forced to come into Woodson’s salary neighborhood or Woodson will swallow his pride and play for cheap.

We’re betting that number is somewhere around $2 million per season.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

6 Comments on "Charles Woodson Will Now Play for Anyone"

  1. TyKoSteamboat

    It’s really too bad.

    I remember the day we signed him. I was so happy. A huge TT free agent pick-up.

    I hope he doesn’t sign with anyone & stays in-shape…in the event we suffer a secondary injury, he could be there to step-in. Especially since we didn’t make a splash in free agency or the draft for the CB position. Chuck knows our defense & I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back for one more season in the Green & Gold…even though TT is pretty stubborn.

    • GBslacker

      “It’s really too bad.”

      What is too bad?
      That he had a long career, and won awards, and a Super Bowl?

      Or is it too bad… for you?
      That you can’t seem to get a grip on the fact that Woodson is too slow to cover, and too brittle to tackle, and too prone to free-lancing, which means he’s not dependable to play safety?

      “Especially since we didn’t make a splash in free agency”

      The Packers NEVER make a splash in free agency… “especially” or otherwise.

      Making a “splash” would have meant spending $41.25 million ($22 million guaranteed) for Goldson. How does that happen when you finish paying Rodgers and Matthews?

      “…draft for the CB position”

      Micah Hyde is a cornerback and was drafted this year. Where were you? But with Williams, Shields, Hayward, and House — the Pack are OK at CB. What they might need is a safety.

      Woodson was never a good safety. Later in his career, he could provide good run support and blitz — but a safety needs to cover other player’s mistakes, and needs speed to do so. Woodson had lost his speed when McCarthy finally decided to move him to safety.

      “…even though TT is pretty stubborn”

      And what about you?

      Why can’t you move on?

      The dude will turn 37 early this season. At the same age, Ronnie Lott and Rod Woodson were either out of the game or ineffective.

      • TyKoSteamboat

        Charles Woodson WAS a free agent signing. One of the best in history BTW…So to say we never sign free agents is…well…

        You’ll hope Woodson is available at some point in the season if Burnett, Jennings or McMillan get hurt.

        & Micah Hyde was a 5th round draft pick. Don’t get your hopes up, son.

        Maybe you should write a really long post in reference to that…


        • Iltarion

          No, nothing but love for the C-Wood, see you in Canton, but the Slacker is dead on here.

          The bottom line is C-Wood can’t play safety. We played two playoff games last season and C-Wood blew coverages that led to touchdowns in both. Dude is just not a zone guy.

          Teams would prefer to have a 21-24 year old on their roster who could develop into somebody while making around $500,000 versus a 36 year old veteran who they’d have to pay twice that even if he accepts the veteran’s minimum.

          It is economics.

          A team with a shit secondary like the Lions SHOULD take on a guy like Woodson to play nickel CB, but they won’t because every GM thinks the young guys they drafted or acquired will turn into someone, even when most of them won’t.

      • Phatgzus

        Pickett was also a free agent acquisition, and Hyde was possibly drafted to be a safety. Other than that, solid points.

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