When Charles Woodson recently expanded his universe of potential teams from contenders to non-contenders, presumed in that message was that, to get him, the key factor is the money he’ll be paid.
This means that Woodson would be interested in playing for the Lions, if the Lions are interested in paying him what he wants.
“If I make it out of my visit with Oakland, like I just made it out of the visit with Denver, then I’m open,” Woodson recently said, via Angeliqu S. Chengelis of the Detroit News. “Here’s the thing about the Lions, the Lions have players. What the Lions haven’t been able to do is put it together. That winning attitude and to be able to start those winning ways, it has to start somewhere. So, would I be open? Sure.”
Woodson has returned to Michigan for a weekend fundraiser at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, to which Woodson contributed $2 million in 2009.
That number could be the operative number this time around. We could see a team being willing to pay Woodson $2 million for a one-year deal, but Woodson wanting more than that.
There’s no reason for Woodson to accept a lowball offer in May. If he’s going to eventually settle for whatever he can get, he may as well wait until after training camp to take it.
Woodson was cut earlier this year by the Packers, who have shown no interest in bringing him back at a reduced salary. The 49ers hosted him in March, but barring injury will be out of the mix given the arrival of Craig Dahl via free agency and the drafting of Eric Reid in round one.
The Broncos and Raiders currently are the primary candidates to land him, with the Giants reportedly having some interest.
As Dwight Freeney recently learned, all it takes is one injury to push the market to a level where it currently isn’t. That’s the risk any team pursuing Woodson currently is taking by not closing the deal.