“When this process first started out, I needed to go to a contender,” said Woodson, 36, who as a Michigan Wolverine in 1997 became the only defensive performer to ever earn the Heisman Trophy. “I know I am toward the end of my career. At this point, I want to play football. So if it is a rebuilding stage, at this point if that is the circumstances I have to play under, then that is what I am going to do.”
Positioned at strong safety, rather than cornerback, last autumn in the Packers’ base 3-4 defense, Woodson suffered a broken collarbone and is nearly a geriatric on the gridiron.
Still, with plenty of teams needing help in the secondary, the eight-time Pro Bowler would be an ideal fit in many coverage schemes.
Although graying and increasingly brittle, Woodson is a ballplayer for the ages whose impact can’t be understated.
Instead of focusing on the seven-time All-Pro’s date of birth, general managers around the league should realize that Charles Woodson “want(s) to play football” and quickly start reasonable negotiations with the great.by