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

NFL Free Agency: Oakland Raiders to Meet with Charles Woodson

The possibility of Charles Woodson returning to the Oakland Raiders is suddenly turning more real.

According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the Raiders have invited Woodson in for a visit and the free agent cornerback will meet with the team.

“The Raiders have invited Charles in for a visit,” Woodson’s agent told Anderson. “As of right now the plan is for him to fly in Tuesday. We are still waiting for their official schedule at this time.”

On Tuesday, Anderson reported that the Raiders had put forth an “initial offer” to Woodson.

In an interview with the NFL Network (via CSN Bay Area) earlier this offseason, 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.”

Woodson ruled out signing with the 49ers in the same interview, and seemed to be lowering himself in an effort to pique a team’s interest.

“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.

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