Dec 11, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson (21) walks off the field after the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Raiders 46-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
Could Charles Woodson, who began his legendary career with the Oakland Raiders, end it in where it all got started?
In an interview with the NFL Network (via CSN Bay Area), Woodson acknowledged that he would be willing to play for a rebuilding team, which is the current description of the Raiders’ franchise.
“When this process first started out, that was my thing — I needed to go to a contender,” Woodson said. “I know I am towards the end of my career. At this point, I want to play football. So if it is a rebuilding stage, at this point if that is the circumstances I have to play under, then that is what I am going to do.”
“Myself, I am just a ballplayer,” he said. “I need to be on a team.”
A 14-year veteran, Woodson was drafted by the Raiders and spent eight seasons in Oakland before moving on to Green Bay. He was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998.He has received numerous accolades throughout his career as an eight-time Pro Bowler, seven-time All-Pro member, and Super Bowl champion. Woodson was also the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.Woodson’s productivity has declined in recent seasons, however. He appeared in just seven games last, recording 25 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one interception.
Woodson was released by the Packers earlier this offseason.
Eric is a freelance sports writer in the Bay Area. In addition to running Blue Man Hoop and Blades of Teal for the FanSided Network, he also contributes to Bay Area Sports Guy, and Prep2Prep. He has previously written for Bleacher Report as a featured columnist, and his work has been published in the San Jose Mercury News.