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Aaron Rodgers thinks keeping Woodson should be a top priority

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Packers safety Charles Woodson is 36 and set to make $10 million next season, which has led some to wonder if the Packers will look to renegotiate his contract before the 2013 season.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers wouldn’t offer any suggestions about what either the Packers or Woodson should do if that topic comes up for consideration, but he made it clear that he thinks the team should make Woodson’s return a priority. Rodgers called Woodson a “core” member of the team during his weekly radio show and urged the team to keep him around for at least one more year.

“I know he is under contract and that he is an important part of our football team,” Rodgers said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think he adds a lot. He is still playing at a really high level. He’s very intelligent and sets a good example in preparation. He’s always watching film. He did a great job, especially, with guys like Sam Shields and Tramon (Williams), a couple of years back. He kind of took them under his wing. Now Tramon is carrying on that tradition. . . . Having his presence around the locker room really helps, setting an example for the young guys. It helps me out, as far as being the leader.”

Putting a price tag on those kinds of intangible values is always difficult. Woodson’s done fine when healthy, but he clearly isn’t the same player he once was and $10 million is a lot to spend for locker room leadership. If a renegotiation isn’t in the cards, the Packers will have to decide whether it’s too much.

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36 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers thinks keeping Woodson should be a top priority”
  1. iamthorny says: Jan 23, 2013 5:45 PM

    Cross “Future NFL GM” off the list, Aaron…

  2. lombardihero says: Jan 23, 2013 5:52 PM

    It is too much and no offense he will be 37 years old and has lost a step and was switched to a position he struggled at…
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    A great leader I agree but that is why coaches get paid maybe Woodson could take a coaching job? Or a serious pay cut other wise with breaking bones two out of the last three seasons for a man 37 and plays football takes it toll…
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    What would anyone expect Rodgers to say? Exactly what he said…

  3. jhein23 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:53 PM

    Huge fan of Rodgers and Woodson but Charles didn’t play well this season for even a $1 million dollar salary let alone $10 million.

  4. sumoson says: Jan 23, 2013 5:53 PM

    All Rodgers is Really saying is ” Good Luck with the Old Spice Commercials Greg jennings .. Its been real “

  5. antirl says: Jan 23, 2013 5:56 PM

    They kept Donald Driver around and I bet they’ll do their best to keep Charles. I hate knowing that Charles’ days are narrowing

  6. jerrykill4pres says: Jan 23, 2013 5:59 PM

    Vikings fan here…

    Woodson would be missed if they didn’t keep him around. I’ve always liked Woodson. He plays hard, and plays smart. He might be getting a little long in the tooth, but he’s still one of the better corners in the league.

    I disagree with Rodgers though.. He might have took Williams under his wing, but he forgot to give Williams a pair! I saw Williams run away from AP at the dome… That’s one thing Woodson would never do! He’s never shyed away from contact. You have to give him credit there. He and Winfield are two of the best tackling corners in the league.

  7. threedeep1998 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:11 PM

    Carrying on a tradition of constantly holding a WR and whiffing on tackles?

  8. goraidersgospurs says: Jan 23, 2013 6:13 PM

    I think CW should finsh his career where he started!!!

  9. forreels says: Jan 23, 2013 6:13 PM

    If Ted lets him go then he is sabotaging the Packers!

    Tim

  10. alskdh says: Jan 23, 2013 6:14 PM

    Thumbs up if you wish the Harbaughs were left out of the playoffs for a Rodgers Brady matchup..

  11. garyman1 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:15 PM

    He’s just supporting one of his teammates. Right after he said that he probably walked into Ted Thompson’s office and said “to heck with that Ted…get me some high price tackles and guards”.

  12. ickky says: Jan 23, 2013 6:17 PM

    yes..Please keep that swiss cheeze defense in tact

  13. woodsidegil says: Jan 23, 2013 6:17 PM

    I like he’s right and to prove it he should offer to reduce his salary by several million to help fit under the cap.

  14. bartlettruss says: Jan 23, 2013 6:20 PM

    Woodson’s salary is 8 to 10% of the overall cap. I don’t think he’ll be back without a renegotiation, if at all. The Packers are too deep in talent to do that.

  15. leatherface2012 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:23 PM

    ok 10 mill to a guy that will be trailing 24 yr old guys by 10 yards? oh wait he holds them so long, the flag always comes out

  16. jtmartinez34 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:35 PM

    Big drop off in play. That is why he flaps his gums more now. This is what alpha males always do when they can’t get it done physically anymore. Maybe someone will think I’m tough still if I act tough. Get out of here Woodson!

  17. snaponrules says: Jan 23, 2013 6:51 PM

    He was washed up last year.
    If the guy didnt get away with holding or PI on almost every play he would have been benched.

  18. dabearsk says: Jan 23, 2013 7:00 PM

    He may still be valuable to the Packers but certainly not at 10 mil. Cut him and let him shop…he is more valuable to the Pack than anyone else just not at 10 mil.

  19. pack15forever says: Jan 23, 2013 7:06 PM

    I’m afraid that Rodgers is starting to sound like Favre. That’s scary!

  20. dkrause71 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:18 PM

    Packers are in a tough spot here. Woodson is a true leader for them but does cause some problems for Green Bay.

    The salary is clearly too much for his current ability. Morgan Burnett likely to play the exact same role as Woodson does. Near the line of scrimmage and is much faster at this time. Burnett is the choice over Woodson while the other safety (Jennings or McMillian) will be the deep guy. Woodson is too slow to play corner so its not really an option (Packers play Williams, Shields, Hayward and House). The Packers need to get either faster or bigger, or both as they struggle with power running teams, keeping Woodson doesn’t solve either really and pushes Burnett to deep safety which hurts in coverage.

    I expect you’ll see Hawk, Woodson, and Pickett gone or with major salary reductions from the Packers D.

  21. leatherface2012 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:19 PM

    me thinks rodgers got hit in the head a bunch with those 51 sacks

  22. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:20 PM

    pack15forever says: Jan 23, 2013 7:06 PM
    I’m afraid that Rodgers is starting to sound like Favre. That’s scary!

    If you mean by playing GM, Rodgers has been at it for a couple years now with his public comments on the Packer’s roster. As a matter of fact, he is worse then Favre ever was.

  23. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:23 PM

    Jennings must look at this as an insult that his QB would say a DB under contract is a higher priority then Jennings, who is a free agent.

  24. jasonculhane says: Jan 23, 2013 8:21 PM

    Team is slowly turning into the Colts post 2006. No defense, can’t stop the run, money wrapped up in offense.

    Aaron’s right. Keep Woodson, play him at safety. But the team needs pass rushers on the defensive line. Mathews is great but, not much else to fear here.

  25. vincelombardisghost says: Jan 23, 2013 8:46 PM

    Wood brought a lot to the team in his time with the Packers, but $10 mil next year is overpaying. We’ve got better options with the up and coming younger players. Woodson should retire, Rodgers should let Ted Thompson decide who is on the team and stop playing GM in the media. The team can use that money to get better on defense. Finding players who can tackle would be a nice start.

  26. hodag54501 says: Jan 23, 2013 8:59 PM

    This morning in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel I expressed this about Aaron Rodgers: just shut up.
    I’ve been a Packers fan for 51 years and can say with some experience he is falling into the trap of his own fame. He’s become the ‘character’ of Aaron Rodgers, the guy on the ‘discount double-check’ ads. Or at least he thinks he is. He’s everywhere…60 Minutes…his own show…etc. etc. One thing about Favre….when the off-season came his mouth(mostly) went quiet.
    I’m starting to have this quesy feeling that Aaron thinks he’s bigger than the Packers, something Favre felt at the end in Green Bay. I hope that Aaron isn’t falling into the same trap.

  27. csilojohnson says: Jan 23, 2013 9:01 PM

    They need to keep him. He is the only half decent player on that D.
    Or cut the entire defensive squad. Coaches included. Or… They could wait another two years when defense will be completely phased out of the game.

  28. whatjusthapped says: Jan 23, 2013 9:03 PM

    This is the problem with the media these days. Rodgers is being constantly interviewed and when he weighs in on a subject, even in the most minor of ways, the media blares it out like he is trying to dictate personnel moves for the Packers, even though its the furthest thing from the truth.

    If Woodson takes a pay cut, then maybe he will be back. But Thompson is a firm believer that its better to cut a player a year too early than a year too late. And it Woodson’s case, it might already been a year too late.

  29. sampulls says: Jan 23, 2013 9:19 PM

    Rodgers….talking is all you seem to be doing these days…maybe you should keep your trap shut and focus on playing the game.

  30. tessluvsfootball says: Jan 23, 2013 9:22 PM

    For all of you saying Rodgers should stop playing GM and keep his mouth shut, he was SPECIFICALLY asked about Woodson on his radio show (he was also asked about Jennings). As the Packers are no longer playing all the talk has moved to next season. By the way he has 2 more weeks for his radio show.

  31. justwannawinna says: Jan 23, 2013 9:39 PM

    That secondary has been constantly torched since that tragic injury to Nick Collins. Having Woodson at Safety was a desperate mov it shouldnt cost 10 million.
    I see them drafting a Safety in round 1 or 2.

  32. vots50 says: Jan 23, 2013 10:49 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is not acting like Brett Favre because Favre said things without provocation. The difference here is people are asking for Rodgers’ opinion!

    Players get criticized for giving cookie cutter responses. Rodgers is answering a question honestly. Yet people are acting like he makes these statements without being asked.

    The notion that he’s being arrogant or bigger than the team is ridiculous. Because he’d be criticized for giving a cookie cutter response. He’s criticized for giving honest answers. He might as well not answer at all. No wait, he’d be criticized for that all.

  33. vikescry1 says: Jan 24, 2013 9:01 AM

    Wisconsin77 says:
    Jan 23, 2013 7:23 PM
    Jennings must look at this as an insult that his QB would say a DB under contract is a higher priority then Jennings, who is a free agent.

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————— jennings has made it clear he wants a huge contract, and he will get paid no doubt. but he’s not worth fitzgerald money or megatron money imo. he’s been hurt the last 2 years and probably only has a couple more good years left. i like jennings and wish him the best but don’t want the pack to invest huge into him.

  34. joeyashwi says: Jan 24, 2013 10:49 AM

    Woodson is good, not $10 mil good.
    Jennings is good, not top WR money good.
    Hawk is good, not big money good.
    O-line was bad but injured.
    D-line was ineffective.
    Running game was anemic. Is Benson the answer?
    Matthews looked soft at the end of the season.
    Tramon Williams can’t cover anybody.
    Coaching was subpar.
    Crosby……

    All these faults yet the Pack still won the division easily. I honestly don’t know where the “priorities” lie but I think no matter what, this team needs to add size and aggression at pretty much any position. When push comes to shove, this team as it stands now gets shoved. I hope for a strong rebound this year and another playoff run. Woodson coming back is not the only answer.

  35. axespray says: Jan 24, 2013 2:51 PM

    Wisconsin77 says:
    Jan 23, 2013 7:23 PM
    “Jennings must look at this as an insult that his QB would say a DB under contract is a higher priority then Jennings, who is a free agent.”
    ————————————-
    Well it’s not like Jennings is going through what Javon Walker went through when he asked to be paid like a pro bowler – only for his QB to throw him under the bus – before throwing a jump and blow out your knee pass across the middle pass.

  36. axespray says: Jan 24, 2013 2:53 PM

    hodag54501 says:
    Jan 23, 2013 8:59 PM
    “This morning in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel I expressed this about Aaron Rodgers: just shut up.
    I’ve been a Packers fan for 51 years and can say with some experience he is falling into the trap of his own fame. He’s become the ‘character’ of Aaron Rodgers, the guy on the ‘discount double-check’ ads. Or at least he thinks he is. He’s everywhere…60 Minutes…his own show…etc. etc. One thing about Favre….when the off-season came his mouth(mostly) went quiet.
    I’m starting to have this quesy feeling that Aaron thinks he’s bigger than the Packers, something Favre felt at the end in Green Bay. I hope that Aaron isn’t falling into the same trap.”
    ———————————————-

    Great way to treat your QB – a guy that went through two seasons where his oline let him get sacked close to 60 times – never said anything about them – his defense allows 40 points in playoff games – doesn’t throw ‘em under the bus – and you want this guy who carries our team to shut up? …. the ones that should shut up are the Packer fans taking Rodgers forgranted …

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