Charles Woodson has been released and their is no doubt that he’ll have suitors. He’s transitioned from his natural corner position to strong safety in this last season and could play there in a successful system. Despite being 36 and turning 37 in October he could still have a few years ahead of him. He had his career best season at age 33 when he recorded 9 interceptions. In 2011 he had 7 interceptions, however teams weary of Woodson will most likely look at his injury shortened 2012 season.
But nevertheless their are a lack of dominate safeties out there, and his injury riddled 2012 season means some lucky NFL franchise out there could get Charles Woodson for a couple years at a bargain price.
5. Dallas Cowboys
They’ve long had a love affair with safeties and their secondary. The secondary is usually the scapegoat for the underperformance of the defense and the team as a whole. They lack someone who can consistently compile interceptions and Woodson could be that man playing behind a revamped corner situation with Morris Claiborne in his second year and big 2012 free agent signee Brandon Carr. Plus they haven’t had a dominant safety despite many attempts at resolving the situation since Darren Woodson was in town, so there would be little to no competion for the job. The Cowboys would take him, the hurdle for them is their cap issues but a few cuts here, a few restructured contracts there and they are under the cap. Would Woodson want to go to Dallas though, and does he believe they’re as good as Jerry Jones think they are.
4. St. Louis Rams
They need a safety and want a safety. Many people, including myself, think they could go after Kenny Vaccaro in the first round, and they have two picks. But with a team that is so close to turning things around they might want to sign Woodson as a band-aid to use those 2 first round picks elsewhere to delay addressing the problem. It is however less likely that Woodson would want to go the Rams.
3. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have one of the most glamorous yet underachieving tandem of cornerbacks in the NFL. A ball hawking safety up top might help them, especially playing some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL on a regular basis in RG3 and Eli Manning not to mention Tony Romo putting intercept able balls out on a silver platter on a regular basis. Would he want to be a part of some sort of “rebuilding project” though?
2. Baltimore Ravens
If the Ravens chose not to sign Ed Reed they could have a replacement in Charles Woodson. Charles Woodson would be attracted to go to a defensive franchise straight of a Super Bowl win. However with Ray Lewis gone do the Ravens lose that defensive appeal? Not necessarily. They still are a run stoping franchise that challenges quarterbacks to throw.
1. New England Patriots
They’re said to be on the market for a safety. Ed Reed was rumored to be amongst those headed to New England. Though Woodson being available might be more appealing. Woodson has slightly more pedigree and might be cheaper, either way New England has their pick here between the two.