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Woodson likely played his last home game in Wisconsin January.
Yes, the No. 1 pick is free-agent safety Charles Woodson. Maybe you have heard of him if you're a Raider fan.
It seemed like a pipe dream as recently as a week ago that a reunion could happen between Woodson and the Raiders. That was until a quote directly from Woodson himself, courtesy of the NFL Network:
“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.”
In other words, the curious lack of interest has expanded Woodson to the possibility of playing for a team who isn't necessarily projected to be elite. With all due respect to Usama Young, who is a solid NFL safety, if the Raiders could bring Charles Woodson into the fold, they should jump at the chance.
Quickly name the last great free safety the Raiders put on the field.
If you said Rod Woodson, there are two things you should take out of that:
One, Woodson was 37 in 2002 when he earned All-Pro honors in helping lead the Raiders to their last postseason and Super Bowl appearance. Two, that's 10 years—Stuart Schweigert, Michael Huff, Matt Giordano, etc.
Again, for a secondary that needs as much help as it can get, prior acquisitions not withstanding, bringing in Woodson almost makes too much sense.
And let's be clear: The Packers did not release him because he can't play. It was a salary-based decision. The Raiders should offer Woodson an honest contract and let a real locker room leader—don't flash back to 2004, Woodson has grown leaps and bounds in that department—help the transition and performance of this team on defense.