Charles Woodson is just one season removed from an All-Pro performance and made a seamless transition from cornerback to safety late in his career.
Due to salary-cap restraints, the Green Bay Packers set him free prior to the start of the new league year last month.
Despite Woodson missing nine games due to injury this past season, I expected him to get some decent play on the free-agent market. After all, he is still one of the better cover safeties in the NFL.
The future Hall of Famer met with San Francisco early in the process and expected a deal to get hashed out. Much to the surprise of many around the world of football, the 49ers signed former St. Louis Rams safety Craig Dahl to a three-year, $5.2 million contract shortly after visiting with Woodson.
Ian Rapoport over at NFL.com indicated that Woodson hasn't drawn any interest outside of San Francisco; Woodson himself said teams consider him "ancient." While this couldn't be further from the truth, it shows that the market isn't there for him.
In the end, I expect Woodson to either retire or end up with the 49ers.
If San Francisco did offer a deal to Woodson prior to the draft, it wouldn't need to trade up for Kenny Vaccaro or reach for someone like Eric Reid. The safety class as a whole is deep, but free safety is where it is at.
San Francisco taking itself out of the market for a free safety in the initial round could help some other teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals and St. Louis Rams find value in the second round.
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