The Oakland Raiders should undoubtedly be excited about the acquisition of Charles Woodson, and they are.
Head coach Dennis Allen is thrilled, telling the Bay Area News Group that he is “looking forward to getting a guy in here like that who can bring that added dimension to the 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.
“You see the talent and the player, but when you combine that with the maturation process he’s gone through, he’s a real pro,” Allen said. “It was evident in visiting with him that he wanted to be a Raider. He wanted to be a part of what we’re doing here. When you bring in a guy with those attributes, those leadership abilities, it was a good fit.”
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.
Allen also said that Woodson plays the game “with a swagger, with a little bit of an air of confidence. Charles . . . he’s got that swagger and I think he can bring some of that to our teamnot just defensively, but to the whole team in general.”
Woodson inked a one-year deal worth up to $4.3 million to return to Oakland on Tuesday.