There’s no denying it, Charles Woodson deserves to wear the number of his choice. He is a proven player, leader, and his original team was the Oakland Raiders. He is returning to Oakland in order to help the defense improve and become more aggressive.
Yet, I can’t help but feel that the number was obtained in the wrong manner. For many years, the players have chosen their respective numbers. If a player is traded to a team or is obtained in free agency and they would like a number that is already being worn by another, he would be responsible for obtaining that number in whatever way possible (i.e., ask, give a favor, or pay for it).
Tracy Porter tweeted that the number 24 was taken from him by the Oakland Raiders organization and given to Charles Woodson. Although his first tweet seemed like he was upset, his second showed that he is putting the move behind him and getting ready for football.
Remember, Tracy Porter is a veteran player too. He has proven to be a very good cornerback, and he has his own Super Bowl win. Porter was brought into Oakland to play the defensive back position in a system that he is familiar with. He has played for Head Coach Dennis Allen before with the New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos.
Again, I truly believe that Charles Woodson deserves to have the number 24. However, I think that Porter would have given him the number eventually. No one outside of the Raiders organization really knows the conversation that was taking place between Porter and Woodson. Porter could have just been having fun with the whole situation. He just wanted to see Woodson sweat a bit. Who knows?
Now Woodson will wear the number 24 and Porter will wear the number 31. There may still be some number exchanges though, because Porter was wearing the number 22 in Denver. I wonder if he will try to get the number from Taiwan Jones, or if he will continue to wear the number 31. Nobody will know until the season begins.