It was planned, and it happened.
A fairly large contingent of at least 100 Oakland Raiders fans showed up at team headquarters and are there as we speak, awaiting the arrival of Charles Woodson:
Fans are cheering on other players as they leave headquarters, such as Sebastian Janikowki and Marcel Reece.
According to this Facebook page, over 370 people planned to attend, and more have RSVPed on Twitter and other social media sites.
“As well as show all the NFL what we (sic) all about,” the invitation on Facebook states, “will be a great opportunity to show C-Wood as well as all players around the league how great being a part of the Raider Nation is!”
“We’ll see if things fit,” Woodson told Yahoo! Sports regarding the upcoming visit.
For the Raiders, who have already offered him a contract, there is no way in which he wouldn’t fit into their system. A veteran and experienced cornerback to mentor the younger players on the roster would be a huge plus to Oakland, not to mention the skills that he has left.
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 season, recording 25 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one interception.
Woodson was released by the Packers earlier this offseason and has had difficulty attracting any teams to sign him until now.
Several teams, including the Raiders, Denver Broncos, and New York Giants, have expressed interest.
However, on Tuesday, it will all be about Oakland for Woodson, and one can only hope that he leaves the headquarters with a signed contract to play for the Silver and Black next season.