I know Charles Woodson has gotten older, he’s had injury issues and overall his performance has dropped some. And he has very evidently lost speed (which is concerning considering he was never super fast to begin with). But I’m surprised he hasn’t been picked up yet. The guy is a locker room leader and a field general. He commands instant respect from opposing QBs and offensive skill players – and most importantly, from young defenders on his own team. He’s a scary guy to throw at. But it is his unmatched football instincts that would have me calling if I were a GM of another team. He is a turnover machine because of these instincts – he just has a sense for the game that no young dude, no matter how athletically gifted, can match. Now, I can understand why the Packers got rid of him (primarily financial reasons, but also because I think his style no longer really fits our defense) and I can understand why prospective teams may be hesitant again given his age, his recent injuries and his salary demands. But I would think Woodson and some team could agree on a fair compensation deal (incentive-based) that would make both of them happy. I’m guessing it happens with the Broncos this weekend and I’m guessing he helps lead the Broncos deep into the playoffs next year.
Frankly, I’m surprised that the Bears haven’t pounced yet. I would think the temptation for a guaranteed 1-2 turnovers a game by the Woodson/Tillman duo would be too great. Can you imagine how awful it would be to catch a pass in a secondary with Tillman and Woodson running around?