Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Will Packers keep Woodson?
By Tom Carpenter
The Green Bay Packers will have a difficult decision to make regarding veteran Charles Woodson this offseason, as he will count about $10 million against the cap for 2013, though the Packers may be able to push off a final call until the start of training camp in July, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tyler Dunne.
"So here are the facts. Woodson's 2013 base salary is $6.5 million and a roster bonus of $2.5 million comes the first day of training camp," wrote Dunne. "The safety also is due a $1 million bonus through the 16-week season - $65,000 for each game he plays - with more potential money based on incentives. So, in sum, Woodson would count $9,437,500 against the salary cap next season, $10 million if he played all 16 games, and more with the incentives.
"Green Bay could wait until late July if [GM Ted] Thompson feels the Packers could absorb Woodson's cap figure throughout free agency."
The catch with delaying a decision on Woodson is that they have other contracts to deal with this offseason, including potential extensions to the current deals they have with Aaron Rodgers, B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews. That seems to suggest that it's more likely that the Packers will make a call on Woodson's future with the team prior to March 12, when the 2013 NFL calendar begins.