5 NFL Teams That Could Use Charles Woodson on the Roster
Charles Woodson is a future Hall of Fame defensive back.
And he's looking for work.
When he was initially released by the Green Bay Packers, he was hoping to latch on with a contender. But now he's changed his mind.
Woodson said the following while appearing on NFL Network, per ProFootballTalk.com:
When this process first started out, that was my thing, I needed to go to a contender. I know I am towards 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.
Let's look at the teams that could use Woodson in their secondary.
Projected Starters: T.J. Ward and Eric Hagg
T.J. Ward has proven to be one of the better, more underrated safeties in the NFL. He's a devastating run defender, and although he only has two interceptions in his three years in the league, the former Oregon Duck is far from a liability in coverage from his strong safety spot.
The Browns selected Jamoris Slaughter in the sixth round, but there is still a major need for depth at the back end of the secondary.
Woodson could play situationally in a variety of roles, especially one that allows him to roam in the deep middle to accentuate his ball skills.
Projected Starters: Haruki Nakamura and Charles Godfrey.
Haruki Nakamura and Charles Godfrey aren't horrible players, but if the Panthers want to compete in the pass-happy NFC South, they'll need to upgrade their safety position.
Mike Mitchell was added in free agency; however, he's not exactly ready to step into a starting role.
Woodson could be the turnover-creating machine Carolina desperately needs.
After all, as a team, the Panthers only intercepted 11 passes in 2012.
Projected Starters: Tyvon Branch and Usama Young
After a solid 2011 campaign, Tyvon Branch regressed in 2012, and he'll pair with unheralded free-agent acquisition Usama Young in 2013.
Branch and Young should be quite the formidable tandem at safety, but the Raiders need reinforcements behind them in the defensive backfield.
Oakland added a plethora of players to its defensive front seven during this year's free-agency period, so bringing Woodson into the secondary shouldn't be a problem.
Playing in a division with Peyton Manning lends credence to the idea that you can never have too many defensive backs in today's NFL.
San Diego Chargers
Projected Starters: Eric Weddle and Brandon Taylor
Eric Weddle is, arguably, the best safety in football.
His range is incredible, and he's impactful in run support.
The team is invested in 2012 third-round pick Brandon Taylor, but he started only one game as a rookie, and the Chargers only intercepted 14 passes last year.
Woodson and Weddle would create an intimidating last line of defense in Peyton Manning's division.
St. Louis Rams
Projected Starters: Darian Stewart and T.J. McDonald
The Rams need help at safety.
T.J. McDonald has the skill set to be a young star, but Darian Stewart is extremely unproven at his strong safety position.
Woodson would bring a much-needed veteran presence to an up-and-coming defense in the NFL's most competitive division.
Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins are fine cornerbacks on the outside, but St. Louis would love to have more stability down the middle of the field on defense.