For all the old guys the Raiders signed this offseason, none are older than Charles Woodson.
But the veteran defensive back said he’s not looking at this season as a retirement tour, as he wants to keep playing “this year and beyond.”
“Going off of how I feel health-wise, I’m not looking at this being the last year,” Woodson said, via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com. “I’m going to enjoy every moment of this experience because you never know how it’s going to turn out. You look at what they’ve done here and you see the draft they’ve had – we’re going to be a good team. If that means playing this year and beyond, I’ll be open to it.”
Woodson, 37, said he only wanted to play for the Raiders, which limits his future flexibility to the Raiders wanting him around. They waited a week into free agency to do so this year, and he admitted he pondered retirement.
“My heart was set on coming back here,” Woodson said. “If that didn’t happen, I would’ve had to weigh those options, . . . If the Raiders weren’t interested, that could’ve been it.”
If the collection of veteran parts yields a better return, he might get that chance. If not, he might be one of many changes they make in the future.