Friday, February 15, 2013
The post-Woodson Packers
By Tim Kavanagh
It was not an unexpected move, but the Green Bay Packers' decision to release DB Charles Woodson was still a bit of a jolt on Friday. The cap hit for a player with declining skills was simply too high, and he'll now try to catch on with another contender for 2013. But what about the team he leaves behind?
Green Bay got a preview of life after Woodson during 2012, as he missed nine games. During the time he was out, M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian started with Morgan Burnett at safety, and this increased the reliance upon Casey Hayward in the slot. It appears that the Packers are fine moving forward with Hayward in that role, and some combination of the safeties on the roster on the back end. Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel also believes that the team could make an addition to the secondary via the draft or free agency. With the release of Woodson, this gives them some extra money to do so.