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.