San Francisco 49ers: Pros and Cons of Signing Charles Woodson

Oct 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers safety Charles Woodson (21) against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Packers defeated the Texans 42-24. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Seasoned veteran Charles Woodson, at 36 years old, is looking for a new contract after being cut by the Green Bay Packers in February. Woodson visited the 49ers in March, but still remains a free agent. While Woodson didn’t receive a contract immediately, he still remains an option to sign for the 49ers.

Woodson has played in the NFL since 1998, and that’s a long time to play such a physical game. He’s only played for two teams during his career. Woodson started his career in Oakland, and the 49ers signing him would reunite him and Nnamdi Asomugha, as they were both Raiders in 2003, ’04, and ’05.

Woodson has valuable playoff experience from eight campaigns between the Raiders (2000, ’01, ’02) and the Packers (2007, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12). Adding Woodson would only add confidence to the San Francisco defense if they find themselves in the post season again.

The 49ers may choose to add depth to the safety position through the draft rather than signing Woodson; 36 is old for a football player, especially for a position meant to doll out harsh punishments. Furthermore, San Francisco is getting tight with cap space, as they’re only $1.74 million under the league’s salary cap. The team also has thirteen draft picks in the upcoming draft and could want to add a safety to start their career with the team rather than wind it down in San Francisco.

However, Woodson in red and gold would add experience and depth to a sturdy defense. If the price is right, there’s not much to lose in adding him.

Topics: Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers

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  • loverpoint

    I think you summed it up pretty good. I do not think the 49ers will sign him until after they take a look at all the DB’s in their first OTA’s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501785975 Ian Kaufman

    Thank you, I have complete faith in the 49ers draft day decision, whatever they choose usually turns out well. That being said, I would love to see what Woodson can do as a backup though. If the 9ers can swing it, he’d put another factor into the opposing offensive coordinator’s game plan coming in for 1/3 or 1/2 of the downs.

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