New York Giants: Does Charles Woodson Make Sense for Big Blue in 2013?

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IFebruary 16, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05:  Safety Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers reacts in front of quarterback Joe Webb #14 of the Minnesota Vikings after the Packers stop the Vikings on third down forcing a field goal in the first quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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By now, we've all heard the news of Charles Woodson's release.

On Friday, the Green Bay Packers released their longtime cornerback (per their official website) after seven years with the team, making the 36-year-old a free agent.

When I first heard of Woodson's release, he honestly wasn't a name that I would tie to the Giants given his age and the position he plays.

But two things sparked me to come up and write this.

The first was my college roommate immediately asking me if Woodson would be a fit for the Giants.

The second was noticing the link on B/R's Team Stream, which linked to Paul Tierney of the Giants 101 blog and stated that Woodson would be a good fit for the Giants.

So let's figure out if Woodson would be a fit for the Giants.

The drawbacks are his age and health.

He'll be 37 years old during the 2013 season, and he's coming off a season where he only played in seven games due to a broken collarbone in October.

Also, he was moved to safety in 2012 after he had been a cornerback for 14 years due to Nick Collins' departure and defensive coordinator Dom Capers' belief that Woodson could be like a Troy Polamalu-like player in the secondary at the position.

On the plus side, what Woodson brings to the table is a veteran leader who, when healthy, can still be a premier defender.

With the possibility that Kenny Phillips could be leaving as a free agent, the Giants could either look to fill Phillips' void internally with the likes of Will Hill or Tyler Sash, or make a bold move by adding Woodson.

The Giants already have Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown slated to be the starters, and if Phillips doesn't come back, bringing Woodson in would be a big acquisition for the Giants secondary.

But then there is the salary cap issue as well, something the Giants are desperately trying to get under control for the 2013 season. This issue is a reason why the team had to release guys like Ahmad Bradshaw, Michael Boley and Chris Canty.

Although, at 36, Woodson might only get a one-year deal, he could command decent money because he's still a top name on the free-agent market.

The salary reason alone might be enough for the Giants not to pursue Woodson.

Now, if Woodson's price were to drop, then that changes everything, and I think it would be a move to pursue.

But even with the health concerns, Woodson's price likely isn't coming down, and I think there will be a team like the Washington Redskins who will pay Woodson whatever he wants to play safety in 2013.

Despite the Giants needing serious depth at cornerback in 2013, they still have other priorities like re-signing Martellus Bennett, Kevin Boothe and Will Beatty in addition to figuring out a way to sign both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks long term.

So, for those fans who were pondering the addition of the former Raider and Packer, I'm sorry to say this, but Charles Woodson is just not a realistic option for the Giants.


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