Potential Patriot: Charles Woodson

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Will Charles Woodson and Tom Brady be teammates once again?

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

After a remarkable seven-year stint with the Green Bay Packers, Charles Woodson will look to play elsewhere this upcoming season as he was released this past weekend.

The 36-year-old has had a phenomenal 15-year career in the NFL, as he’s won one Super Bowl, been to eight Pro Bowls, named All Pro seven times while being named the AP’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.

There’s no question that Woodson will make a solid case for Canton when it’s all said and done, but there still is something left in Woodson’s tank.

At this point of Woodson’s career, you have to assume that he’ll be looking to win rather than landing a massive contract—not that he would anyways.

We have seen players time and time again part ways with their long-tenured team and then go out and join a Super Bowl contender—many of those times, that Super Bowl contender happened to be the New England Patriots.

Could this be yet another one of those times?

ESPN’s John Clayon believes that the Patriots are a possible suitor for Woodson and in Sunday’s edition of the Boston Globe, Greg A. Bedard pointed out some interesting points:

A match made in heaven with one of those players? Perhaps. I’m sure Tom Brady would love to have Woodson, his former Michigan teammate, in the fold. And the further the last Super Bowl title gets in the distance, the more likely it is that the Patriots go for broke with an acquisition they wouldn’t normally make.

Woodson? Just for his brain, experience, and instincts, I would expect Bill Belichick to at least check in on Woodson. Simply having an experienced player like that in the defensive backs room is valuable in its own right.

To continue on with Bedard’s notion that Bill Belichick would likely be on-board in bringing on Woodson—if the price is right—I couldn’t agree more.

Year after year, we sit here evaluating New England’s biggest needs entering the offseason. We ask ourselves: What is the missing piece that could re-throne the Patriots as the NFL’s finest?

We all know that New England’s defense, more specifically the secondary, has been the team’s weakest point as of late and adding a guy like Woodson wouldn’t hurt at all.

This past season, we actually saw an improvement to New England’s secondary, granted the unit was ranked 29th in the NFL—but we saw some bright spots out of this rather young and inexperienced group.

Devin McCourty flourished at safety, Alfonzo Dennard was promising at cornerback, Kyle Arrington proved to be a reliable slot-corner and we saw Aqib Talib transform this secondary—and Talib happens to be a free agent, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Assuming that Belichick and the Patriots decide to bring back the core of the team’s defense next season, adding Woodson into the mix would bring in some much needed leadership to this young, yet talented, defensive unit.

We can sit here all we want and state that Woodson would be a great idea and all of that—but is he worth the money? Would he bring value to the table? Would the value out-weigh the money?

At this point in time, New England has $16 million in salary cap room available  which isn’t a lot at all.

The Patriots have several free agents that they’ll have to address, such as Wes Welker, Aqib Talib, Sebastian Vollmer, Danny Woodhead and Julian Edelman, just to name a few.

So assuming that Woodson and the Patriots do share a mutual interest in each other, the price has to be right.

New England can’t afford to go out into the free agent market and hand out large chunks of change—the contracts need to be wisely handed out.

With Woodson having one or two years left in the tank, as he played in just seven games this past season due to a broken collarbone, the veteran safety should come at a bargain.

If the money is reasonable and if Woodson is in good shape, then I’d have to say that the value most definitely out-weighs the money in this situation and that Belichick would entertain the idea of bringing in the former Green Bay Packer.

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10 Responses to “Potential Patriot: Charles Woodson”

  1. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    It all comes down to money, Woodson is more interesting to me than Reed, But chances are these guys want big money, we don’t have to shell out. Do you think these guys take the Vet. min. of 800K, not a chance, you will be looking at 2-4 mil. for 1 year.
    We can’t dump Gregory, (to bad) with out losing money, till next year, which we loss far less money.
    I have heard there may be interest in Jim Leonard, a S at the Vet. Min. who could also help as a good punt returner .

  2. JH TARBORO says:

    BAD NEWS!!! Patriots CB A. Denard convicted in Nebraska

    • acm says:

      well, that was to be expected. The real question is what he will be sentenced to – probation and a fine or some jail time too. To know that we’ll have to wait a bit more.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      Given his money situation, a fine of say, $50K and probation makes the most logic, from the court ‘s stand point.

  3. Noah M says:

    Why does it need to be Woodson or Reed, why not both? We could probably get both for about the cost of Talib without being stuck with a long term contract with a player with injury & off field concerns.

    We could either move McCourty back to CB or try Woodson there and leave McCourty. That way Woodson could help Dennard and Reed works with McCourty. I get both Dennard and an aging Woodson are not the fastest guys but with 2 rangy coverage type safeties that should protect against the long ball.

    Then we could take a risk on either a DB with off field concerns or is from a small school later in the draft. My preference would be Tyrann Mathieu but other options like Ray Ray Armstrong or Jonathan Cyprien would be good.

    • Cam M says:

      No way we can get Cyprien. He’s gonna be gone in the mid-first round if he tests well at the combine. We don’t have a chance unless we trade up.

    • Jim R says:

      I would still take a CB first pick. Even if they got Reed and/or Woodson.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        I agree, BUT that 1st pick will be in the second round, after we trade back to get a 4th as well.
        The best BB type guy is CB Jordan Poyer. Their are other good CB’s but this guy fits the BB way the best, high IQ, practiced ever day against Markus Wheaton . Who by the way , the Patriots Should/will draft as a WR.

    • JV says:

      McCourty at CB has been a disaster??? He has played well at SS/FS so leave him there. Reed is the man and even if its for one year he will be well worth it. Woodson?? I think everyone is an upgrade over Gregory so hell yea i would take him.

  4. acm says:

    for the right money, I’d do it in a heartbeat – especially if BB can’t get/afford Ed Reed.

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