Monday, February 18, 2013
New idea on Woodson
By Tim Kavanagh
After news hit the wire on Friday that the Green Bay Packers were going to release S/CB Charles Woodson, we speculated on some logical landing spots, based upon what Woodson can bring to the table at this point in his career, and his stated goal of finding a job with a contender. There was more speculation over the weekend, including ESPN's John Clayton listing the Ravens and Patriots specifically as potential suitors. Where do things stand now?
While we'll have to wait to see who is and isn't tagged or re-signed by all of the contenders, there's one team who appears to be in need of safety help regardless of what happens with their incumbents: the Cincinnati Bengals. ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley has more:
Jamison HensleyCould Woodson fit in Cincinnati?
"Cincinnati couldn't find a strong safety to start opposite Reggie Nelson last season and ended up re-signing Chris Crocker. Even though Woodson is 36 years old and isn't the same player who was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, he would bring a leader from a championship team to a Bengals team that hasn't won a playoff game since the Bush administration (and I'm talking George H.W. Bush). Unlike other teams, the Bengals have the salary cap room to make this move. Woodson can match up against tight ends, something that the Bengals struggled with last season. The Bengals have become a more attractive landing spot for free agents after reaching the playoffs the past two seasons. And, as everyone knows, the Bengals love to bring in former first-round picks to their defense. Just ask linebacker Aaron Maybin, cornerbacks Terence Newman, Adam Jones and Jason Allen, Nelson, defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson and defensive end Derrick Harvey."