So, the Green Bay Packers have decided to part ways with former Raider Charles Woodson and his $10-million salary in 2013. Naturally that has fueled some speculation that Reggie McKenzie, a former front office man for the Packers, will dial the free agent DB in hopes of orchestrating a reunion.
That’s nice and all for the storybook quality of Woodson’s career but the reality is very far from that fantasy.
Charles Woodson will not be a Raider again.
There are any number of reasons why Oakland and Woodson will never cross paths again. Here are the most obvious ones.
1) Woodson has stated his desire to play for a title contender. Unless every NFL franchise except Oakland loses its top players to injury, illness or alien abduction then the Raiders will not be title contenders during the small window of time remaining in Woodson’s playing days.
2) This franchise is in full reboot mode. Inking another veteran DB won’t help to move things forward and will in fact do the exact opposite by stalling the growth process.
3) Has everyone forgotten how things ended for Woodson in Oakland? I know, I know, Bill Callahan isn’t around anymore. But if you worked for Best Buy and your boss was an arrogant douche that constantly threw you under the bus would you ever want to work for that same Best Buy again? I’m guessing the mere thought of sitting in the same employee break room knowing how many hours you spent stewing there is enough to throw your car in reverse the second you hit the parking lot.
4) There is just no money to pay a veteran player like Woodson who will surely get more lucrative offers from other teams.
In theory it’s a nice way to bookend a Hall of Fame career…from the outside perspective at least. On the inside, more specifically the Woodson side of the fence, it’s just not realistic. If/when Woodson enters the Hall of Fame he’ll be doing so as a Packer, not a Raider. This is how he’ll be remembered with his Oakland days a mere footnote in his storied career.