Yes, Charles Woodson has returned to the Raiders. The next question becomes how many million reasons they gave him to do it.
According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Woodson’s agent, Carl Poston, said that the 1997 Heisman winner’s one-year deal is worth a “max” of $4.3 million, which includes a $700,000 signing bonus.
The maximum value, while significant, isn’t nearly as important as the base deal. And when Poston told Anderson that the deal is worth up to $4.3 million, Poston didn’t mention the base value.
It’s somewhere between $700,000 and $4.299999 million. Unless Poston opts to disclose the amount, we’ll all have to wait until the contract officially is filed.
Woodson’s decision to sign on the same day he visited the Raiders suggests that they made an offer that met his demands. Over the weekend, Woodson said he’d be interested in the Lions “[i]f I make it out of my visit with Oakland, like I just made it out of the visit with Denver.”
In other words, he had a number, and the Raiders met it. The Broncos, 49ers, and anyone else clearly didn’t.