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Charles Woodson wants to play, knows he won’t be in Green Bay

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Veteran defensive back Charles Woodson definitely wants to play this season.

But he has enough self-awareness to know it won’t be in Green Bay.

Woodson told Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com via iMessage that he didn’t see a return to the Packers in the cards.

I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Woodson said. “I definitely plan on playing. But I think the Packers already have plenty of safeties. LOL.”

Woodson may be laughing, but the Raiders probably are serious about giving him another chance. Coach Dennis Allen said last week at the Scouting Combine he thought the 37-year-old had plenty left.

“I definitely think he’s got something left in the tank,” Allen said. “Obviously, when you get to that age, you never know when the tank’s going to empty out. I felt like he brought a lot to the table for our football team this past season. I think he’s a guy we’d like to hopefully bring back. There’s a business side to anything that you do, but I thought from a leadership perspective and really from a playing perspective, I thought he brought a lot to the table.”

Woodson bounced back with a solid year, starting every game for the Raiders. And while he might not be an OMG player any longer, he can certainly help a team that’s still trying to build.

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42 Responses to “Charles Woodson wants to play, knows he won’t be in Green Bay”
  1. blacknole08 says: Feb 24, 2014 6:27 PM

    Lions could always use secondary help.

  2. somethingsmellsrotten says: Feb 24, 2014 6:27 PM

    Sign him Reggie! The Raiders need his leadership and experience at the back end.

  3. therealraider says: Feb 24, 2014 6:30 PM

    The last great Raiders Draft pick .. 16 years ago. *Sigh*

  4. JSpicoli says: Feb 24, 2014 6:31 PM

    Michael Sam also says “OMG”

  5. thevikesarebest says: Feb 24, 2014 6:32 PM

    Anything about the packers makes you go LOL.

  6. nwfisch says: Feb 24, 2014 6:35 PM

    He heard enough clown music in Green Bay.

  7. redzona says: Feb 24, 2014 6:40 PM

    Arizona “In the Cards”?

  8. ariani1985 says: Feb 24, 2014 6:49 PM

    Green Bay, lol the house that laughing defense built

  9. Ed Bandell says: Feb 24, 2014 6:52 PM

    More power to him if he can keep his career going and still be an effective player. Once you hang them up and are done, that’s it. You don’t get to play again, so as long as he’s healthy he might as well milk every snap of football he has left out of himself.

    Guy seems to be around the football all the time. He might not be as dynamic of a ball hawk as he once was, but he still makes plays, still tackles pretty well, and is around loose footballs.

  10. r8rsfan says: Feb 24, 2014 6:53 PM

    Legend in Raider Nation. Was one of the positives last season (and there weren’t many). Let’s lock him up for the rest of his career and make him a secondary coach the minute he hangs up the cleats.

  11. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Feb 24, 2014 6:56 PM

    Woodson could break both ankles and have to wear a neck brace at all times – he’d still be better than anything the vikings have…..

    bag of dirt > Minnesota vikings

  12. bobnelsonjr says: Feb 24, 2014 7:10 PM

    Even when players no longer have the athletic ability to be Green Bay Packers, there are still spots for them in the NFL with lesser teams.

    Packers fans are very nice to their former players which is shows some class.

  13. kev86 says: Feb 24, 2014 7:13 PM

    Jacobs ran him over in 07 championship.

  14. geniusesq says: Feb 24, 2014 7:21 PM

    The Redskins could use a Free Safety for the next 2-3 years.

  15. linemanguy74 says: Feb 24, 2014 7:23 PM

    Better than any d-back the pack have

  16. thetruuf says: Feb 24, 2014 7:28 PM

    Charles! We’d gladly welcome you in Baltimore! Right player, right price..

  17. leatherface2012 says: Feb 24, 2014 7:35 PM

    lets see this loudmouth do it 15 years from now when he’s 52. hang it up already george burns

  18. shaggytoodle says: Feb 24, 2014 7:36 PM

    He is right, TT shies away from anyone turning 30. That’s why I am not so sure that Jones will get signed.

    Even when they signed Jennings to his extension, he would have the option to test FA before turning 30. So it had potential to work out for both sides.

    I appreciate all Woodson has done on the field. His leadership helped GB attain a SB Championship.

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 24, 2014 7:48 PM

    I hope the guy can play another year. He’s good for the NFL.

    And if that’s all she wrote, then he goes out with a ring from the Packers 13th World Championship.

  20. radrntn says: Feb 24, 2014 7:57 PM

    once a raider always a raiders….nuff said

  21. msalvash says: Feb 24, 2014 8:17 PM

    Charles come to Chitown!! You can beat out Chris Conte blind folded..y

  22. f1restarter says: Feb 24, 2014 8:24 PM

    If he’s not going to be a Packer, he’s not going to get another Super Bowl ring.

  23. deathonwings410 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:35 PM

    Would like to see Ozzie take a flier on him like he did with Rod Woodson back in 1999/2000. I think he’s a still a good player, not as fast, but he’s still got an extremely high football IQ.

  24. ducksk says: Feb 24, 2014 8:41 PM

    I want to play in NFL too Chucky, but I’m too old and slow. Ba bye.

  25. Ferdinand says: Feb 24, 2014 9:10 PM

    What kind of idiot would even ask Woodson about going back to the Packers when the Packers made it clear that he was just too expensive and too old? Did they think he suddenly got years younger and would work for a fraction of his current salary?

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 24, 2014 9:46 PM

    He probably wants to play past the 1 st week of January

  27. chingustight says: Feb 24, 2014 9:47 PM

    it came down to the broncos and the raiders last year, and after the pathetic showing in the superbowl, the broncos need help in their secondary.

  28. El Pollo Loco says: Feb 24, 2014 10:47 PM

    The,raiders would be fools to resign him.Hes was non existent the second half of the season and he ain’t getting younger!

  29. bigtganks says: Feb 24, 2014 11:10 PM

    Did he really SAY “LOL”? Was it a “lawl”, or more of a “el-oh-el”?

  30. mikemerrittuwrf says: Feb 24, 2014 11:20 PM

    Plenty of safeties in Green Bay? Plenty of terrible safeties…

  31. aldante66 says: Feb 24, 2014 11:40 PM

    He knows darn well his costs went up to the point he was no longer worth the money the Pack had to pay him.
    Ted Thompson loves to lose guys just when they are due a pay raise and get nothing in return for them. Jenkins and Wells, two pro bowlers.

  32. staffordsyear says: Feb 24, 2014 11:52 PM

    Come on home to Detroit and be part of something special.

  33. lscratchingthesurface says: Feb 25, 2014 12:47 AM

    Mr. Dorsey:
    Sign him for a season! He would be a great leader for guys like Sander Commings and Marcus Cooper! Make it happen if he’s reasonably priced.

  34. idpfantasyfootball says: Feb 25, 2014 7:48 AM

    Maurice Jones-Drew thinks Woodson is still an ‘OMG’ player..! (See JAX vs OAK)

    Woodson is just not roaming free to make the OMG plays that we are used to…

    He will re-sign with the Raiders. He led a weak secondary without Branch and is an impact player. His veteran savvy know-how will serve the Raiders well in 2014 as Branch returns to the line-up to team with Woodson.

  35. zinjaboy says: Feb 25, 2014 9:51 AM

    Charles strapped it up in February 2011 for his Super Bowl championship with the almighty Packers. Last time I checked, Crown, February comes after January.

    13 and counting for the Pack
    0 for too many to count for the Vikes

  36. kudzuwish says: Feb 25, 2014 9:51 AM

    The Packers should bring back Woodson for one final victory lap. You cannot tell me he isn’t better than Sean Richardson.

  37. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 25, 2014 11:20 AM

    Finish your career in a Steelers uni. See what’s it like to play with an elite QB and running back.

  38. purplezimmerpride says: Feb 25, 2014 11:35 AM

    Definitely needs to be in Purple next year. Our NFC North worst defense needs all the help it can get. He’s an ex Packer whose best years are behind him, so he fits all the criteria for the Vikings.

  39. shaggytoodle says: Feb 25, 2014 12:13 PM

    Wells, got 7 million bucks a year or something crazy. He is very good don’t get me wrong, but I don’t knowif he’s THAT good.

    Plus that’s what happens when teams win the big game. They accomplished the SB goal. Then players want to get paid. Look at the Ravens with Ellerbe and Kruger. They got some hefty contracts too.

  40. voice0freasonn says: Feb 25, 2014 3:42 PM

    Probably our last great draft pick smh…still playing at a high level and can contribute to any team. I would love to have him back for another year his expertise and leadership are huge to our secondary. If you think about it he was the most consistent part of our secondary last season. I think being able to combine him with Tyvon (if he’s able to come back healthy) for a full year could give us one of the best safety tandoms in the league. With that being said and us going through a rebuilding period i don’t think we should sign him to a big one year deal. If he understands this and is willing to come back for a little less money then i say bring him back, but if he chooses to take more money an play for a contender i couldnt be at that either he deserves it.

    Go Raiders All day, Everyday, Anyday

  41. zinjaboy says: Feb 26, 2014 11:31 AM

    Some don’t seem to know that Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy are on the Packers.

  42. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 26, 2014 1:01 PM

    zinja, I said Elite.

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