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Charles Woodson Thought He’d Finish Career in Green Bay

Charles Woodson

The Green Bay Packers play the Oakland Raiders this week and the talk has turned to none other than our main man Charles Woodson, current Raider, former Packer.

We love Chuck and we hate how the Packers unceremoniously dismissed him back in 2013. They didn’t even suggest he take a pay cut and instead just cut him.

The message was clear: we don’t think you can play anymore.

What did Big Ted think at the time? He thought, “Oh boy, I can’t wait to get this guy Jerron McMillian on the field!”

And we’ll never forgive him for that buffoonery.

Charles has gone on to have three productive seasons with the Raiders. This season, he has five picks, which is good enough for third in the league.

At 39-years-old…

The Packers have had nothing but good things to say about Woodson, this week. And why wouldn’t they? The guy is maybe the best defensive back to ever live.

Woodson isn’t saying anything negative about the Packers, but it’s clear the way his release was handled stung. You know — Big Ted, master of tact.

“It definitely stung, because I did anticipate finishing my career there. So when you get the call and it’s officially over, yeah, that definitely hurts,” Woodson said. “Every player, when you get released, you feel like you still have a lot to offer. And that team is telling you, ‘No, you don’t have a lot to offer, so we’re moving on.’

“For me, I needed to get to another team, I needed to play more football, I needed to be out on the field, I needed to be in somebody else’s building going to meetings and practices and playing in games, doing what it is I do every week in order to get over it. And that’s playing football. You need the game to actually get over it.”

You know, it would have been nice if Charles finished his career with the Packers.

And yes, we know the guy has lost a step, but he had more steps to lose than 99 percent of the guys who ever played this game to begin with.

Julius Peppers is a great comparison, especially because he’s a guy the Packers joyfully employ.

He’ll be 36 next month and although he isn’t as old as Woodson, as a defensive end and outside linebacker, he’s taken much more punishment.

The point is, you don’t employ 36-year-old defensive ends in the NFL. Unless that defensive end is a freak of nature like Julius Peppers.

Similarly, you don’t employ 39-year-old defensive backs. Unless that DB is Charles Motherfuckin’ Woodson.

So the Packers’ solution with Peppers, who obviously still makes plays from time to time, was to reduce his snaps.

Unfortunately for us and for Woodson, their idiotic solution for Charles was just to tell him to get the hell out of town.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

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14 Comments

  1. Tundraboy December 15, 2015

    Thanks for the annual reminder of what idiots the Packers were to let him go.

  2. Organicbuzz December 15, 2015

    Sir Charles deserves having a good season.Go Pack Go!!!

  3. T. Jervey December 15, 2015

    Fuck Ted for what he did to Chuck.
    No doubt he has to regret that dick move.
    Ted has made some solid moves and picks over the years that deserve props….but that one will always be a head scratcher.

  4. MrBobHarris December 15, 2015

    Couple things:

    – This might fall into the “prove you wrong” category, where maybe Woodson would not still be playing well if he didn’t have something to prove. If so, that’s always a lose-lose for the releasing team.

    -Could be that the Packers learned a lesson with Woodson, and are applying that to the Peppers situation.

    Maybe the “Fuck Ted” sentiment is taking it a bit far?

  5. MrBobHarris December 15, 2015

    Also, this is actually a question I think about often:

    -Is it better to move on from an aging player too early or too late? Would you rather have the Woodson situation, or the Kobe situation?

    Kobe’s delayed exit – probably 3 years overdue – is screwing the Lakers for years to come, but at least they squeezed every last drop out of him.

    Not sure what’s worse.

  6. Skinny December 15, 2015

    Bill Michaels was speculating that Woodson could end up back in GB as the secondary coach when he does retire. Apparently he is also a great teacher to go along with the Hall of Fame ability. Also has the wine thing in WI, and its close to Michigan and Ohio. Something to think about down the road I guess.

  7. Eduardo December 15, 2015

    I really miss seeing him play with the Pack. Guy gave 110% all the time, and you could tell it.

  8. john smith December 15, 2015

    Lol. Jerron Mcmillian and MD Jennings, what a combo.

  9. Big B December 15, 2015

    Best ever. Love that guy. Fuck Ted.

  10. Shawn December 15, 2015

    Love the C Wood, wish him nothing but the best.

    Glad he got to finish his career back in Oakland. Don’t regret him not being around at all. He was an all time great corner for the Packers, especially from the slot, his leadership and toughness helped the Packers win a Super Bowl, but you have to move on and not live in the past. He got too slow to play the slot and then didn’t play safety very well when we gave him the shot. Plus, he was hurt all the time.

    Those same trends pretty much carried over to his first couple years with Oakland, not a good safety on a shitty defense, and injured all the time.

    Pretty amazing he is having a Pro Bowl type season with a separated shoulder when he probably should be shutting it down.

    I’m sure he’ll be pumped about getting a shot at the Packers. If you can’t ever make the playoffs, at least there is that.

    Good thing Ted didn’t live in the past, or A-Rodge would probably be in Minnesota or Chicago right now and they’d be about to finish out their 5th straight division title instead of us. We’d be watching video of Brett and the glory days while missing the playoffs every year.

    1. PF4L December 16, 2015

      We all loved Charles Woodson (how can you not).

      Shawn’s comment is called “the voice of reason”. Well thought out with intellect and intelligence (no offense Monty). Two things i would add, one being his contract called for almost 10 million the following season, that’s a lot of cash, and we had players to sign long term at that time. Also, we don’t know what happened behind the scenes, so it’s hard to get on Ted without the knowledge to actually comment about it.

      I have no doubt that Woodson will be honored into the Packers Hall of Fame, and that day can’t come fast enough for me.

  11. Packnutt December 15, 2015


    Shawn:

    Good thing Ted didn’t live in the past, or A-Rodge would probably be in Minnesota or Chicago right now and they’d be about to finish out their 5th straight division title instead of us. We’d be watching video of Brett and the glory days while missing the playoffs every year.

    Queens passed over A-Rodge TWICE.

  12. MMK December 16, 2015

    It seems like a mistake in retrospect. Ted has no mercy on old age it seems. Certainly paid off when he made the unpopular decision to let Favre walk, no?

    I suspect Peppers will be getting the Ted treatment soon. I wish Woodson could have been kept around long enough to lead all the new DB talent we have.

  13. campack December 16, 2015

    Fuck Ted fuck his silly ass fucking albino looking dick smoking taking it in the ass fucker. I hope Charles has a good game, but i do hope we win, and Ted, and hie butt buddy Mike look like the butt lint eaten nutbags that they are