Charles Woodson 'intrigued' by finishing career with Raiders
Free agent defensive back Charles Woodson is currently being forced to prioritize these factors so he can decide which city he will call his new home.
He currently has an offer on the table from the Denver Broncos. Led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, the Broncos are one of the frontrunners to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the conclusion of the 2013 season. If winning is what Woodson wants, he'd be hard pressed to find a better situation than what he was offered from the Broncos.
However, Woodson has already won a Super Bowl, which came in 2010 with the Green Bay Packers. Having already achieved what is often considered the greatest accomplishment in football, Woodson may feel that another Lombardi Trophy is not his top priority.
The Oakland Raiders have also reportedly offered Woodson a contract. Having finished the 2012 season with a 4-12 record, the Raiders can't do anything to convince Woodson he'll have a better chance of winning in Oakland, but that doesn't mean Woodson isn't interested in suiting up in silver and black.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday that Woodson is "intrigued" by the idea of finishing his career where it began - in Oakland.
The Raiders made Woodson one of the highest drafted cornerbacks in NFL history when they selected him 4th overall in 1998. The former Michigan Wolverine was a phenom right out of the gate, making the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons (was first-team All-Pro in 1999, second-team in 2000 and 2001). After playing in all 64 games during his first four years with the Raiders, injuries plagued Woodson during the second half of his Raider tenure. Woodson played in only 42 of 64 games from 2002 to 2005, and the Raiders decided not to risk big money on him when he hit free agency. He signed a deal with the Packers in 2006, and stayed with Green Bay until they released him earlier this offseason.
Woodson enjoyed his time in Oakland, and to some players, retiring with the team that they were drafted by is very important. To make things more interesting, Woodson's other potential suitor - the Broncos - was his arch nemesis during his days in Oakland, as the Raiders and Broncos both play in the AFC West.
The Raiders also may be able to offer Woodson the most playing time of any team. The Raiders have holes all over their defense, and particularly in the secondary. If Woodson wants to play as much as possible, Oakland may be his best bet.
The Broncos still appear to be the most likely team to land Woodson. They have plenty of money to offer, are a legitimate Super Bowl contender, and may offer him a starting job. It is worth noting, however, that Woodson is apparently interested in the idea of going back to his roots to wrap up his career. He would also make an excellent mentor to Raiders' 2013 first-round pick DJ Hayden.
Just one injury plagued year removed from an All-Pro season, Woodson may end up being one of the steals in free agency.