Four teams have contacted Charles Woodson’s people stating that they have interest in acquiring the former Green Bay Packer and NFL star. The Seahawks are reportedly one of those four teams. Sweet, right?!
The Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and New York Giants are the teams that joined the Seahawks in showing initial interest in the eight-time Pro Bowler. Extra sweet, because who the hell wants to play for any of those other teams. Actually, the Giants would be a solid choice, though not as wise as playing for the Seahawks.
Nearing the end of his playing days, Woodson is expected to be favoring playing for a franchise that has a strong chance of contending in what could be his final season in the NFL.
The Dolphins and Jets aren’t currently in a position to call themselves contenders – even though the Jets will anyway. The Dolphins did pull an upset over the Seahawks in Miami but with a second-year QB, Ryan Tannehill, and not much else, the Dolphins’ appeal to a player like Woodson must be limited.
As nice and as logical as it may seem for the Seahawks to bring in a veteran defensive back to cement the secondary as one of the leagues best, which I think it already is, Charles Woodson may not be that player. Or, he may be. An argument could be made for both positions and I’m leaning more towards being in favor of a reunion in Seattle for Woodson and Seahawks GM John Schneider.
The Seahawks are one of the youngest teams in the NFL and although they play at a very high level, a defensive presence such as Woodson’s would help prevent any of the young stars from going into a lazy slump after the success that last season brought.
As was the case with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, defensive backs do get hurt and having Charles Woodson able to fill in on the outside, as a nickel-back or at safety would be a contingency plan that must be appealing to Pete Carroll.
If Richard Sherman or Brandon browner go down, Woodson would be able to lessen the blow. If he proves to have lost a step he’ll still be capable of playing the slot while someone like Walter Thurmond or Byron Maxwell steps in much like he did during Browner’s suspension for four games in 2012. Thurmond has seen his share of missed playing time so even if the Seahawks bring in Woodson, adding another cornerback in the draft is definitely an option.
A team such as the Dolphins could, and probably would offer a higher salary. At this stage of his career it would be reasonable to think that Woodson would prefer an opportunity with the Seahawks – especially given the money difference between the two teams would be less than $1 million.
*Originally written prior to the Seahawks acquiring Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings. Harvin’s new deal, reportedly in the $12 million per year range could prevent the Seahawks from considering Woodson.
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