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Woodson prepared to retire?

2/28/2014

Charles Woodson may have been 37 years old last season, but he continued to make an impact on the field. He didn't miss a game and finished the campaign with 97 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception. He said earlier this week that he is prepared to play in 2014, though he doesn't expect his old Green Bay Packers squad to come calling.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Woodson said in an iMessage, per ESPN Wisconsin.com. “I definitely plan on playing. But I think the Packers already have plenty of safeties. LOL.”

Woodson clarified those comments Thursday to note that if he can't secure the right amount of pay for '14 with the Oakland Raiders or another team, he may have to call it a wrap.

"If the right numbers don’t come across, for myself and from the team’s standpoint, then it is a serious consideration at this point that I could have played my last season in the NFL," Woodson told SiriusXM NFL Radio via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

"So that’s definitely something that I think about. I do plan on playing another year. Hopefully something can get done with the Raiders but if not then I’ve got to take a real hard look at this last year being the last one.”

Considering he played all but a handful of the Raiders' defensive snaps in '13, Woodson may expect to secure a full-time starting gig and be paid appropriately in '14. However, if teams see him only as a part-timer and intend to compensate him as such, Woodson may well walk away from the game. Still, odds are good that he will come to terms with some team and play in '14, though.