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Several teams reportedly express interest in Charles Woodson

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Teams can start talking to free agents currently on other teams on Saturday, but players that have already been released are free to sign with teams at any point.

We’ve seen safety George Wilson do that and heard about visits to teams from other players who have been cut loose, but haven’t heard much from safety Charles Woodson since his fruitful tenure with the Packers came to an end. Woodson has indicated a desire to continue playing and his agent says that several teams have expressed interest in having the veteran join them for the 2013 season.

“I talked to Charles Woodson yesterday and we’re discussing possible upcoming visits. There are a number of teams that have expressed interest in him. He is still interested in playing for a contender,” Carl Poston said to Josina Anderson of ESPN.

Anderson identifies, via NFL sources rather than Poston, the Seahawks, Dolphins, Jets and Giants as being among the teams that have put in calls on Woodson. The Seahawks were the only one of that group that qualified as a contender in 2012, but playing a lot might not be in the cards on a Seattle team that’s well-stocked at safety with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. That might not be a deal-breaker if being in the mix for a trip to the Super Bowl is of paramount interest to Woodson.

We should get a better idea of where Woodson might be headed when he starts taking those visits.

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45 Responses to “Several teams reportedly express interest in Charles Woodson”
  1. mjbulls45 says: Mar 7, 2013 11:21 AM

    finish where u started,

    oakland

  2. redzona says: Mar 7, 2013 11:23 AM

    Would be a great pickup for Arizona along side P2!

  3. joetoronto says: Mar 7, 2013 11:26 AM

    His only real issue is a big one, speed. He’s lost a few steps but the guy is a play maker.

    He’s an exceptional tackler and no one strips the ball better than him.

  4. dohpey28 says: Mar 7, 2013 11:28 AM

    How are the Giants not considered a contender on 2013?

  5. broadstbully says: Mar 7, 2013 11:31 AM

    Who’s Carl Poston?

  6. larryboodry says: Mar 7, 2013 11:37 AM

    “He’s an exceptional tackler and no one strips the ball better than him.”

    Peanut Tillman.

  7. ea2one says: Mar 7, 2013 11:38 AM

    it says contender in 2012

  8. waxthat says: Mar 7, 2013 11:40 AM

    Real news would be what he is asking for, financially. I think it’s rather obvious that “several” teams are interested in Woodson.

  9. chipwade says: Mar 7, 2013 11:41 AM

    Trufant was on the field a lot last season in the slot. Woodson could pick up that role and move back and forth between the CB and safety.

  10. christopher525 says: Mar 7, 2013 11:42 AM

    Dophey, easy, they didn’t contend last year, and don’t show signs yet that they’re improving. Until Eli becomes half as consistent as Peyton, they will never be seen as competitors year after year. Right now Washington has stepped ahead of them and Dallas is always one or two games shy of contending. Right now New York is only contending with Philadelphia for worst in the NFC east.

  11. whatjusthapped says: Mar 7, 2013 11:42 AM

    Since his stated objective is to only play for a contender, the Vikings are automatically ruled out.

  12. jprcox says: Mar 7, 2013 11:42 AM

    Not that I would mind Seattle picking him up, but it seems like that would be one of the last things Seattle needs. We have great DB’s a plenty. ODD that Seattle is in the mix.

  13. dabearstjm says: Mar 7, 2013 11:43 AM

    “He’s an exceptional tackler and no one strips the ball better than him.”

    Charles Tillman strips the ball better than him.

  14. ppc50 says: Mar 7, 2013 11:49 AM

    I think Dallas should go after him at saftey. They got rid of Sensabaugh, Church is coming back from injury and it is a need. Instead of drafting one, they can pick up Woodson and concentrate on the OL in the first round of the draft.

  15. fuglyflorio says: Mar 7, 2013 11:59 AM

    He’s too old to benefit from PED abuse … ruling out Seattle.

  16. larryboodry says: Mar 7, 2013 12:00 PM

    I hope he joins a team that faces the Bears this year, and gets burned by Jay and the new Marc Trestman offense.

  17. justintuckrule says: Mar 7, 2013 12:05 PM

    He’s a perfect fit on Giants in their 3 safety alignment. Becomes instant starter if Phillips isn’t resigned.

  18. benihanagt says: Mar 7, 2013 12:08 PM

    jprcox, Hawks do not have great DB’s a plenty. We have 4. When they were in Nickle at the end of the game: ATL, CHI, DET, MIA, the QB can pick up huge chunks of yards quickly in time for a game winning or tying score.

    Trufant in Nickle last year played about 40% of the snaps, that’s a huge amount of snaps in the season to have someone who can’t cover anymore.

  19. watchdawg1103 says: Mar 7, 2013 12:17 PM

    Dallas should go after Woodson for their safety needs. Teaming this vet up with Carr and Clairborne could help their secondary. Signing him at his age may not cost a whole lot and allow them to use the draft for OL and DL help now which are bigger needs.

  20. metalup666 says: Mar 7, 2013 12:22 PM

    I agree with ppc50, Dallas has needed a good cover safety for over a decade. I know Woodson is getting older, but would still be a definite improvement with what the Cowboys currently have, or have not, however you want to look at it.

  21. dohpey28 says: Mar 7, 2013 12:28 PM

    When the story was first posted it said 2013. It has been changed since. I apologize.

  22. mrphelps01 says: Mar 7, 2013 12:28 PM

    Does this guy have any game left?

  23. eightandeightlions says: Mar 7, 2013 12:44 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Mar 7, 2013 11:26 AM

    He’s an exceptional tackler and no one strips the ball better than him.

    ————————————————–

    Have you ever heard of Peanut Tillman? He led EVERYONE last year in forced fumbles, including DEs and pass-rushing LBs in 2012, including an unprecedented 4 in a single game.

    Peanut is just ahead of fellow Bears Julius Peppers and Richard Dent at #8 for forced fumbles in the NFL all-time. And that is as a CB!

    Granted, Woodson was hurt in 2012, but if you look at 2011, he doesn’t even rank in the top 100 (he only had one.) Tillman averages 3.8 FF/year, Woodson 1.93 FF/year.

    If you are referring to interceptions only, over the last 3 years he is ranked 22nd, behind Peanut as well as his fellow teammate Tim Jennings.

    Woodson’s tackling form, however, is solid. His numbers, on the other had, have to be taken with a grain of salt as the other 10 players do not exactly excel in tackling, or defense in general.

  24. thejohnsmith1122 says: Mar 7, 2013 12:50 PM

    dohpey28 says:
    Mar 7, 2013 11:28 AM
    How are the Giants not considered a contender on 2013?

    ——————————————-

    Because they finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. Plus they just barely won some games.

  25. chawk12thman says: Mar 7, 2013 12:50 PM

    fuglyflorio says:
    Mar 7, 2013 11:59 AM
    He’s too old to benefit from PED abuse … ruling out Seattle.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Now that’s funny but I must disagree. I checked on the web and found that PED abuse is good for old timers and as we all know, it must be true if it is on the web.

    Seahawks back in………

  26. jcampol says: Mar 7, 2013 12:50 PM

    Lets slow down on Seattle being a contender. One year with an easy schedule and a game they should not have won doesn’t make them a contender. Lets see if they can repeat their success before we put them in the superbowl.

  27. qdog112 says: Mar 7, 2013 1:10 PM

    At this stage Woodson’s more valuable in the locker room and in game prep than he is on the field. He can help on the field, but can put a secondary like Seattle over the top, being a player/coach, while staying healthy by not playing every down.

  28. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 7, 2013 1:29 PM

    He should sign as a WR with the Bears because of his uncanny chemistry with Jay.

  29. steeeve718 says: Mar 7, 2013 1:31 PM

    jcampol says:
    Mar 7, 2013 12:50 PM
    Lets slow down on Seattle being a contender. One year with an easy schedule and a game they should not have won doesn’t make them a contender. Lets see if they can repeat their success before we put them in the superbowl.
    ____________________________________

    Actually according to FO they had the 4th hardest schedule in the league, but why would you let silly little things like facts color your opinions…

  30. racerx1225 says: Mar 7, 2013 1:34 PM

    Be nice to bring back Woodson and Asomugha to Oakland but it wont happen. “He wants to go to a contender.”

  31. axespray says: Mar 7, 2013 1:39 PM

    NFC title game – Peanut Tillman was busy getting burned by Greg Jennings – Woodson was busy yelling, “Whitehouse on 3!”

  32. larryboodry says: Mar 7, 2013 1:54 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 7, 2013 1:29 PM

    “He should sign as a WR with the Bears because of his uncanny chemistry with Jay.”

    That’s just filthy being filthy.

  33. vikescry1 says: Mar 7, 2013 1:54 PM

    larryboodry says:
    Mar 7, 2013 11:37 AM
    “He’s an exceptional tackler and no one strips the ball better than him.”

    Peanut Tillman.

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————– peanut is a beast! i’ll give you that, but if we’re talking about woodson now i agree take peanut. woodson from a few years ago ( def player of the year) i take woodson. but unfortunately woodson isn’t that player anymore. he’s still good but not worth 10 mil. a year. even as a packers fan i must say peanut has a great ball punch, it make’s me sick sometimes.

  34. vikescry1 says: Mar 7, 2013 1:54 PM

    good luck chuck…

  35. jpat2424 says: Mar 7, 2013 3:10 PM

    Ill take him. Da bears

  36. jcampol says: Mar 7, 2013 4:06 PM

    steeeve718 says:
    Mar 7, 2013 1:31 PM

    Actually according to FO they had the 4th hardest schedule in the league, but why would you let silly little things like facts color your opinions…

    Cardinals twice, rams twice, bills, jets, dolphins, lions, panthers, cowboys doesn’t equal a tough schedule sorry. I actually watch these teams play and they are far from tough. All I was saying was lets not jump the gun and call them a superbowl contender after one good year in which they were lucky to make the playoffs.

  37. steelerben says: Mar 7, 2013 4:23 PM

    If Ed Reed heads off to New England, Woodson wouldn’t be a bad move to rent for a few seasons with the Ravens. He’s got a similar play making ability and might consider playing for a little less to be on the defending champs.

    The Jets are also going to need help at safety with the Incredible Hulk, aka the Dirty 30, asking WAY too much money to be picked up on a team that is already overpaying too many players.

  38. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 7, 2013 5:07 PM

    Peanut is a regular season beast who is largely untested in the playoffs because he plays for the Bears.

  39. spideysdog says: Mar 7, 2013 5:08 PM

    jcampol:

    every team in the league played patsies. they played one of the top 5 toughest schedules in the league. you can list the teams you did, but you seem to forget the 1-1 record against the 49ers, and the wins against New England, Minnesota, and Washington.

    As for the playoffs, you seem to be short on facts there too. we were 11-5. take the Pack game (fail Mary), out of it and we were 10 and 6 and in the exact same 5th seed slot.

    but don’t let facts ruin your story.

  40. jcampol says: Mar 7, 2013 5:57 PM

    spideydog:

    ok every team in the league played patsies. yes but not everyone played 10 patsies.

    if you want to count the win against a rgIII less skins team as a quality win be my guest but you are only fooling yourself.

    I never once mentioned the packers game as the reason they were lucky to make the playoffs but obviously that did help. I was more refering to the games against the bills, cardinals and rams to close the season.

    I’m trying not to ruin my “story” with all these facts but they keep getting in the way

    by the way not saying the seahawks are a bad team just don’t consider them a superbowl contender yet. Much like I don’t think the Bengals are a superbowl contender yet. You don;t need to get so defensive.

  41. chuckyd317 says: Mar 7, 2013 8:03 PM

    History says Minnesota or Seattle…

  42. jimmysee says: Mar 8, 2013 6:33 AM

    If Charles wants to play for a contender, then why in the world would he be talking to the Jets?

    Really.

    Come On.

  43. applecool1981 says: Mar 9, 2013 8:18 AM

    I know this is a Charles Tillman thread but there are quite of few Giants being contenders posts. Definitely not contenders, any year ever. Every early they either barely squeak in or go on some horrendous losing streak and cost themselves the post season. If it wasn’t for that poor excuse for a division, they wouldn’t have made it in most years, especially their Superbowl year. They are a team that is frightening in the playoffs but never a contenders ever because you can’t count on them making it there. Actually, there only shot at making the playoffs is the weak division they play in that any team could win any year. Who knows if RGIII will be back this are or able to play at a good level to make the Redskins good enough to wins the division. The Cowboys almost always choke. So Tillman has a shot with them but with their players getting older there are many other teams that he’d be better off going to.

  44. larryboodry says: Mar 9, 2013 8:41 AM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 7, 2013 5:07 PM

    “Peanut is a regular season beast who is largely untested in the playoffs because he plays for the Bears.”

    That was under Lovie Smith’s regime, and Jerry Angelo’s…The new regime actually has a clue.

  45. larryboodry says: Mar 9, 2013 8:47 AM

    applecool1981 says: Mar 9, 2013 8:18 AM

    “I know this is a Charles Tillman thread…So Tillman has a shot with them but with their players getting older there are many other teams that he’d be better off going to.”

    You mean Charles Woodson, right? Charles Tillman isn’t a free agent.

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