Charles Woodson is willing to join a rebuilding effort

AP

After the Packers released veteran defensive back Charles Woodson, Woodson said he wanted to play for a contender.  With no contenders biting, Woodson has lowered his sights.

“When this process first started out, that was my thing, I needed to go to a contender,” Woodson said Thursday on NFL Network.  “I know I am towards the end of my career.  At this point, I want to play football.  So if it is a rebuilding stage, at this point if that is the circumstances I have to play under, then that is what I am going to do.”

The contending team that showed the most interest in Woodson — the 49ers — signed safety Craig Dahl and traded up to draft Eric Reid.

Still, Woodson can’t understand why he and other thirtysomething players can’t find work.

“It is kind  of the process, but at the same time it is frustrating,” Woodson said.  “You have guys that can flat out play football.  You look at Dwight Freeney and what he is able to do.  They had a system last year that is different than he is used to playing, but he can play football.  John Abraham, he led his team in sacks and you say, ‘We don’t have a spot for you on our roster?’  I can’t understand that.  Myself, I am just a ballplayer.  I need to be on a team.”

The issue for most aging players is money.  Stars who have earned millions in the past suddenly face investing the same effort and risk and time for far less money.  And it necessarily takes time for the players to come to terms with their new circumstances.

Woodson’s comments prove that the approach works.  Eventually, the players will take what they can get, when they can get it.  Wherever they can get it.

Sure, some will choose to not play at all if playing means playing for peanuts.  But plenty will decide that it’s better to get paid not much to play football than to get paid nothing to not play.

90 responses to “Charles Woodson is willing to join a rebuilding effort

  1. Sorry Charles, but most “Rebuilding” teams go for younger players because theyre rebuilding do to the fact their team got old and their talent declined… His best bet is a contender that would use him in a situational type of defense.

  2. It would be great if tDetroit signed Woodson. Don’t think it will ever happen, but I think people are forgetting that Woodson was playing at a high level 20 months ago. Hell he had 7 picks in 2011.

  3. Offer: 1 year 3mil deal to play FS for Miami.

    That’s as much as I would offer to come in and challenge Clemons.

  4. Not saying they’re rebuilding but if Dallas had the cash they could use him.

  5. Probably gonna need to lower your asking price too, Chuck. Good player though. San Diego could use a safety. I didn’t finish the article, as usual. Did they touch on this?

  6. Would be a great pick-up for Cowboys if he came at a good price. Seems Jerruh is in love with the two guys who have about zero experience though. Sigh.

  7. hes going to work for habiatat for humanity???

    ohh…you mean….hes going to play a game for a million dollars on some nfl team other than GB.

    ohhh……right.

  8. The Browns aren’t a contender but could really use his veteran leadership for their really young defensive backs, not to mention the hole they have at safety opposite TJ Ward.

  9. He cant figure it out? Let me explain it…when your old, youre expensive and declining in skill. Teams can draft a 3rd rounder at your position and likely get around the same production for 1/10th of the price.

    Simple enough for ya?

  10. Come back to Oakland Charles. You’ve won a Super Bowl, you’ve won a defensive player of the year award…come back to where it all started and really have your career end full circle.

  11. Let’s put in layman’s terms Charles.

    If you get three prices to paint your house, are you gonna pick the old, most expensive guy that takes longer to get up and down the ladder?

    Not likely pal…….

  12. wow. where i work the company “vets” get paid more to let all the younger people bust their butts doin the busy work while they talk for hours upon hours in meeting rooms, and leave early every day because they are exempt and go on business trips where they do everything but business. what was this article about again?

  13. I’d say Browns would be a great fit, but with the way the Haslam ship is floundering in rough seas these days, their finances may soon be in a state of flux. So if you just want to play (because that’s what you do), drop the asking down and head for Jags land.

  14. The problem with many posts i am seeing is you have to realize how Woodson plays now. You can post well we need a safety so my team should sign Woodson. At this point in this career Woodson is basically a nickel TE/Slot defender. He has to be near the line because the speed isn’t there to cover in space. As a physical player his best fit is to cover the quicker receiving TEs you see in the league now. You cannot just say we need a safety, you have to realize what kind of safety you need or use in your scheme.

    Green Bay already has a safety who fits this mold in Morgan Burnett. What they need was a quicker deep safety for over the top help. M.D. Jennings, McMillian, and Micah Hyde fit this need better than forcing Burnett to slide over to play Woodson. Whether they are actually good is open for debate. This is why you saw the pass defense look better when Woodson was out, despite Shields also missing some time.

    Nothing against Woodson, i like him but frankly the Packers had to let him go. Athletically, he isn’t better than the younger Burnett who plays the same role. He clearly wasn’t cheaper either.

    So those of you wondering why he is still on the market can factor in his declining speed, his salary demands and most importantly is he an upgrade to my team in what he actually is good at now. Its not Madden guys, you cannot just plug in anyone anywhere. They have to actually fit your scheme.

  15. Stiller43 says:
    May 9, 2013 8:46 PM

    He cant figure it out? Let me explain it…when your old, youre expensive and declining in skill. Teams can draft a 3rd rounder at your position and likely get around the same production for 1/10th of the price.

    Simple enough for ya?

    ———————————————————–

    Charles is packed with football wisdom that no 3rd rounder could touch.

  16. Mr. Woodson please consider a return to Oakland. After all you still have a very large bank account due to the fact that you were franchised twice by Mr. Al Davis.

    See that means in all reality that you still owe the Raiders for the money that you did receive. In those two years you received the average of the top five payed in your position, then a 20% raise the following year.

    To be real, you still owe the McGah family, Davis family, and the original nation the Raider Nation play and leadership that you have already been funded for.

    Also I would like to drag out my original #24 jersey. It might make me feel better about Mr. Huff.

  17. farvite says:
    May 9, 2013 8:40 PM
    Green Bay is a great place for him if he doesn’t want to chase a Title in 2013.

    ————————————————————————————————————————————– or he could go to the viking’s and never win right??? he could play into his ninety’s and still never see another superbowl.

  18. At this point in his career, it’s not about the need for money and yet it still really is about money-how little is he willing to take to stay in the league? Having already experienced individual and team glory, guys like Woodson and Freeney need to decide if they love the game enough to continue playing at a very good salary but at a fraction of what they are accustomed to receiving. Both of these guys could help a team like the Lions who are relying on unproven youth at their defensive ends and banking on the hope that Delmas’ creaky knee won’ t do its annual mid-season collapse.

  19. Lions have no excuse not to sign him. The secondary we have is not likely to remain 100 percent healthy. Plus maybe Woodson could return a few kicks. He would sell an insane amount of Jerseys. If Detroit cannot afford him, then just tell him to take a paycut and go make ridiculous money signing autographs like Cam Newton did at the mall. Woodson is a legend in Michigan.

  20. This is the kind of guy I worry about post-football. It’s his life. It’s all he knows, and when the day comes that he simply cannot play anymore, it’s going to be a really tough pill to swallow.

    At least these guys don’t get a chance to embarrass themselves like Hulk Hogan, still wrestling at 60, brother!!

  21. Woodson is still one of the top 60 DBs in the NFL, but he’s old. There’s just no room on most teams for a guy who will outplay the 24 year olds and keep them off the field. I salute you CW, but I think your career is over.

  22. Problem with Woodson right now, he makes his plays near the line of scrimmage – so he can’t really play deep safety, his speed is …meh, so he’s not the lockdown Man Corner he used to be.

    He’s basically an undersized Linebacker right now.

    Houston would be a great place, Line him up at Strong Safety with Reed Deep – Texans like blitzing and doing that cover 1 stuff… so, idk – depends on Salary cap.

  23. packerbackernj says:
    May 9, 2013 8:51 PM
    Call the vikings. They love ex packers.

     26 6 

    ——–

    Maybe, ex-Packers just love the Vikings.

  24. I’d love to see him come back to Michigan and show the Lions’ young secondary how to play the game and stay healthy.

    He’s probably still got a good season left in the tank before he retires, too. He wouldn’t just be a mentor/ player coach.

  25. What a great situation for Charles to come back to Oakland.

    1. The fan base absolutely loves him.
    2. A nice short term upgrade to the secondary where he can step right in and play safety.
    3. An opportunity to mentor DJ Hayden, and truly pass the torch at the end of his career.

    Make it happen Reggie!!

  26. Jags! C’mon, Gus, you picked up Truf. I can’t name another DB on your roster besides Cyprien.

  27. Stories like this make me think of Latrelle Sprewell

    On October 31, 2004, the Minnesota Timberwolves offered Sprewell a 3-year, $21 million contract extension, substantially less than what his then-current contract paid him. Claiming to feel insulted by the offer, he publicly expressed outrage, declaring, “I have a family to feed …”

    Glad to see Woodson is more realistic.

  28. Raiders signed Usama Young but with only Reggie Smith backing him up, Woodson would be welcome in Oakland and Reggie McKenzie has worked with him in GB for years.

    This is it, he goes back to Oakland and knocks the cover off the ball this season with a chip on his shoulder.

  29. Much has been made of Charles Woodson finding himself as a Professional in GREEN BAY.

    Former teammates were witness to the fact that Woodson was a talented young man who was so talented that he did not lift weights, took practice lightly, got in trouble with the Law (DUI), and was often injured.

    Not dedicated to his craft. I get it when you are young and invincible it’s hard to tell a special player what to do…

    Now that he has matured and become a Hall Of Fame player (with the stats and ring to match the promise of his youth) it would be nice as a Raider Fan if he could come back to the organization and help our younger guys avoid the mistakes he made in his youth.

    To guide the younger guys to dedicate themselves NOW and not later.

    Later may never come.

  30. I’d hate to see him end his career with some team that won’t win it all in the next few years, like Seattle, Detroit, of Minny.

    If you lower your price, come on back to GB. Sign a two year contract, get at least one more ring, and then retire.

  31. I respect the season veterans a ton. But what Charles Woodson and other 30 something pro bowlers are seeing is the other side of the rookie salary cap changes in the new CBA. Veterans wanted to limit what rookies could make before playing a down and proving their worth. Now that 1st Rd pick rookies make considerably less than seasoned and aging veterans, owners are willing to let former pro bowl caliber vets walk in exchange for cheap hungry young players. And now the owners have more leverage in getting vets to lower their expectations. Proof their is 2 sides to every coin.

  32. NFL should start a senior league for these guys. They all say the same thing “Im just a ballplayer” blah blah blah,
    Yes, your correct but your old and not worth the money. You don’t have the fire in you anymore. Teams would rather give a young guy who has potential a shot and not pay him any where near the amounts of these vets.
    Same process happens in the real world Chuck. Maybe these guys will be forced to realize this someday. Unless they have the same financial planning as TO they should have plenty of $.

  33. Come home to Ohio ! The Browns could use your talent and experience this year. Cmon’ Chud, Make this happen, Your parents live in Fremont, Woodson is from Fremont, its destiny, and would get the fans excited again and distract from the whole Flying J debacle going on.

  34. In other words “I’ll play anywhere cause it doesn’t seem I’ll be getting a top job anytime soon”.

  35. Rebuilding? then its the Vikings.

    They love:
    1 Ex packers
    2 Ex packers who are on the downside to their career.
    3 Ex packers who the Vikings can over pay
    4 The Vikings secondary sucks, how much worse could it be with Woodson in there?
    5 Ex packers

  36. racerx1225 says:

    “This is it, he goes back to Oakland and knocks the cover off the ball this season with a chip on his shoulder.”

    He’s gonna play baseball for the A’s?

  37. This is kind of sad. I was hoping Woodson would retire before becoming one of those players who is past his prime and is just trying to keep hanging on because he can’t let the game go.

  38. aldavisisthenfl says:
    May 9, 2013 8:48 PM
    Let’s put in layman’s terms Charles.

    If you get three prices to paint your house, are you gonna pick the old, most expensive guy that takes longer to get up and down the ladder?

    Not likely pal…….
    ———

    How about if you’re going in for heart surgery are you going to pick the young guy fresh out of med school who is willing to do the procedure for less than the old experience guy who has done it well over 1000 times? Experience counts for something.

  39. Big Reg should be knocking his door down with a contract.

    Mike Jenkins could use a veteran presence to get where he should be at this point in his career and having Woodson in the back end would give our new first rounder Hayden much more confidence than Usama Young…

    He knows what Reggie will expect…#24 is available!!!! It just works to well!!!

    I wanna break out the old Woodson jerseys out one more time!!! Call the man Reggie!!!

  40. Not really sure what’s going on with Woodson. Either teams are not convinced he can play anymore, or he’s waiting for a big contract that isn’t going to happen.

    Assuming he can still play, I’d like the see the Vikings sign him and place him next to Harrison Smith as a safety. He’d certainly be an upgrade for them.

  41. Actually, most older guys DO go to rebuilding teams after those teams have cut their aged players with overloaded contracts. Teams need people to teach young players abut the NFL and what a better person than Woodson. This is a classic Ozzie steal. Ravens lose Reed, pick up a young Matt Elam but with the loss of Reed and Pollard they are still a little thin at the safety position (and the leadership position). For Oz to go out and snag Woodson to teach some, play some, be a professional and fill a safety role in case of injury, would be another one of his magic tricks. The Ravens are contenders and what a better place for Woodson to end his career, in the Super Bowl again this time with the Ravens. When all is said and done, he will be cheap and a great steal.

  42. This is the kind of guy I worry about post-football. It’s his life. It’s all he knows, and when the day comes that he simply cannot play anymore, it’s going to be a really tough pill to swallow.

    At least these guys don’t get a chance to embarrass themselves like Hulk Hogan, still wrestling at 60, brother!!

    You really know nothing about Charles Woodson. Do some research, he is in to many things besides football. C Woodson has his head on as straight as anyone in football, or in the “real” world for that matter. I have no doubt he succeeeds after football when he decides what to focus on. Now he just wants to play for another year.
    I am not a fan, but I sure could see him as a nickel back in Arizona grooming the young kids out there.

  43. gmsalpha says:
    May 9, 2013 9:52 PM
    This is the kind of guy I worry about post-football. It’s his life. It’s all he knows, and when the day comes that he simply cannot play anymore, it’s going to be a really tough pill to swallow.

    At least these guys don’t get a chance to embarrass themselves like Hulk Hogan, still wrestling at 60, brother!!
    __________________________

    Very true, but if he can string a sentence together there is a broadcasting future for him. Or he can always become a coach.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing him back in Oakland, Reggie knows him and while yes we are moving towards younger players, you still need some vetran leadership in the loocker room. Especially one who was there the last time they were successful.

  44. I think the packers r a great fit…the best fit! Their contenders no doubt. Could use the safety help and the leadership on the defense

  45. as a Seahawks fan I’d be more than willing to sign him and assign him to our minor league affiliate in Minnie.

    Your team has been a doormat non-contending nobody for decades. Then you get a little taste of success, and you think we’re your minor league affiliate. What a laugh! You went decades without a nationally televised game. Tone it down!

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