Charles Woodson Says No One is Interested

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Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson

Veteran Charles Woodson isn’t any closer to finding a new home than he was the day the Green Bay Packers released him. In fact, Woodson says no one is interested in his services.

“I’m 36, so of course I’m considered ancient in the game right now, and teams are looking for younger players and trying to make their rosters younger,” Woodson said on NFL AM. “If you’re an older guy they kind of push you to the side, and they’ll maybe look at you much later on down the road, when I guess they figure they can get you much cheaper.”

“Nothing right now, nothing substantial. I’m just waiting around. We put feelers out, just to see where everybody’s at, but there’s not much right now,” Woodson said.

Woodson has had exactly one visit — with the San Francisco 49ers — since his release. The 49ers decided to sign some scab who played with the Rams last season to, at least on the surface, replace departed safety Dashon Goldson, who signed with Tampa. They also filled their old guy DB quota by scooping up cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who was released by Philadelphia.

Asomugha is five years younger than Woodson.

We didn’t know it would be this hard for Woodson to find a team, but if you go back and read the tea leaves, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. The Packers made it pretty clear when they released him that they don’t think he can play anymore.

Perhaps other teams have come to the same conclusion.

Now, the fact that Woodson hasn’t signed with anyone raises one out-there possibility. He can’t get a job anywhere else and returns to the Packers for a tiny salary and reduced role.

We wouldn’t call that probable, but stranger things have happened.

In any case, Woodson probably isn’t going to garner any interest until after the draft at the earliest.

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13 Comments on "Charles Woodson Says No One is Interested"

  1. Kozak

    Man this sucks. I’d love to see the Packers offer him a chance to coach, he’s GOT to have something to share with younger players.

  2. nurseratchett@work

    Hate it for him; why wouldn’t the Pack bring him back if he wants to play on the cheap? Why not? Even if he only played against the Bears, its worth bench riding salary…

  3. PackAttack

    Bring him back on a minimum deal, he’s gotta make the team and go through preseason and OTA’s while competing for a backup role.

    He still provides great leadership and would be a superb mentor for the younger players on defense, that’s gotta be worth something.

    Be nice to see him back.

  4. Doug


    PackAttack:

    Bring him back on a minimum deal, he’s gotta make the team and go through preseason and OTA’s while competing for a backup role.
    He still provides great leadership and would be a superb mentor for the younger players on defense, that’s gotta be worth something.
    Be nice to see him back.

    Agreed…and this defense needs options to turn to.

  5. ay hombre

    No. No. No. And no. He is done. Not at any price. He’s been great for us but now his time as a Packer is over. His time in the league is over. Carry on and get over it.

  6. cd4packers

    I think he will eventually get picked up. It is not surprising to me that he has not had any offers yet….it is way too early. There are still other good CBs available and then there is the draft coming up. I doubt that Woodson will hear from any teams until after the draft….and maybe even later than that. He still believes that he has enough left in the tank to get the job done…and we know he loves the game. I think he will be a decent asset to any team…no matter how old he is….he is still Charles Woodson, and he was a game changer and a play maker…and a player that could make key plays in a clutch situations….I think he can still be those things for another team. Although, i do agree that it was time for Woodson and the Packers to part ways….I still feel that Woodson is not done playing football and that he will be on the field again…making plays…like he always did for the Pack.

  7. Savage57

    Between Wood’s remaining skills and his value as the leader of the defense, there has to be a number and a role that he, Ted and MM can agree upon.

  8. Shawn Iltarion

    I agree with aye hombre. I would never have a problem with seeing C-Wood in green and gold, but I don’t see a role for him anymore.

    He can’t play safety, and we have a better slot corner in Hayward.

    C-Wood was a great leader in 2010, but he played poorly in 2011 and missed most of 2012. I believe his collarbone is trying to tell him something. He has yet to listen.

  9. wyobob

    Why not some sort of coaching position? Assistant secondary coach or some such thing. He has so much knowledge of the game.

  10. ay hombre

    Some players are able to see that their game has slipped in certain areas and make the appropriate adjustments, and others can adapt to their skill-set depleting. Woodson falls into the latter category. His brain is still telling him he can make the plays he used to make as a much younger and faster man, but he can’t…so he gets burned repeatedly.

    As far as his leadership ability and his value to the locker room, I believe that value deteriorates to practically nothing when said leader can not look at his own game and play it to maximum effect.

    In essence, you can have a gambler lead the defensive unit when he wins more often than he loses, but how can you say there is any leadership left when the gambler now loses time and time again and yet refuses to adjust his strategy? It ceases to be leadership when the gambler refuses to realize he is not what he once was, and must only be a cog in the machine.

    There is no way in a million years Woodson comes back to Green Bay unless it as a coach…and a low-level one at that.

    Woodson…first ballot hall of famer…and done.

    • ay hombre

      Some players are able to see that their game has slipped in certain areas and make the appropriate adjustments, and others CAN’T adapt to their skill-set depleting. Oops.

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