Unemployed and becoming increasingly desperate, Future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson will play for any team


Charles Woodson can still produce on the gridiron.

Initially only willing to sign with a Super Bowl contender, unemployed Future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson is now ready to join an organization in rebuilding mode.

The 2009 Defensive Player of the Year who made the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team, the 6-foot-1, 202 pound Woodson was clipped by the Green Bay Packers in February.

“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.

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