The Green Bay Packers have announced that they will release longtime cornerback Charles Woodson. Woodson, who was drafted 4th overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 1998 NFL Draft has had one amazing career. When he first entered the league he made an immediate impact and quickly developed into one of the best cornerbacks in the league. In 2006, Woodson made the transfer to the NFC, as he decided to sign with the Green Bay Packers on 7 year deal that was in the 50 million dollar range. Since becoming a Packer, Woodson has gone onto win multiple awards, including the Defensive Player of The Year Award in 2009, as he helped the Green Bay Packers win yet another Super Bowl.
Despite getting up there in age, Woodson has still shown tremendous playing ability, making the Pro Bowl from 2008-2011. However, this year Woodson was switched to the safety position where he did seem to struggle at times. Finishing the season with only 38 tackles and 1 interception, it was clear that Woodson wasn’t the same player and at the age of 36, the Packers did not want to keep giving him the big dollars. Last season Woodson broke his collarbone, costing him the final nine games of the season. Heading into this season Woodson was set to make around nine million between his salary and additional bonuses.
I think that Woodson still has at least one more year in him. If he can sign a contract with a contending team, with a smaller role, then I believe that he could really be effective. Some teams that I think could be interested in bringing him in are the New England Patriots, the Houston Texans, and the San Francisco 49ers. I’m hoping that Woodson doesn’t retire, because it would be awful to have to end such a great career not on your terms.
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