The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos were mentioned as teams who could potentially show interest in Charles Woodson, who was tabbed by experts as a player who will sign with a contender. I wrote about why signing Woodson might not be the best idea for the Patriots, and there is a new report out there stating which teams have called in on Woodson- two of them are in the AFC East.
Sources tell ESPN’s Josina Anderson that the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, and New York Giants have all “called to discuss” a potential deal with Charles Woodson, who was released by the Green Bay Packers in mid-February. It was also previously speculated shortly after his release that the Baltimore Ravens could show interest, but they are not among those teams.
I’m honestly not surprised the Patriots did not call in to check out Woodson, because he doesn’t make much sense for the Patriots. The best veteran guy available at safety is Ed Reed, and it might actually be better for the Patriots to draft a safety instead of signing a veteran- or even stay pat with Tavon Wilson. I don’t think Woodson is the best guy available, and the 36-year-old veteran just isn’t worth signing from a Pats perspective.
The Miami Dolphins could use him, but he would likely fit a better need at corner than at safety. The Dolphins have a very good safety duo in Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons, and the Dolphins have shown that they are interested in re-signing Clemons. Woodson could be a backup plan for them, but the ‘Fins could use an upgrade in the slot and will likely see their talent at CB take a huge hit- Sean Smith has an extremely low chance of staying in Miami.
The New York Jets really want to keep impending free agent LaRon Landry and have their eyes set on Glover Quin as a Plan B, but the Houston Texans are prioritizing Quin and won’t want him to slip by. Landry might also come just outside of the Jets price range due to their cap issues, so Woodson could be a cheaper, veteran alternative at FS.
Charles Woodson could make sense for the Seattle Seahawks as a veteran backup to top, young safety duo Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. Meanwhile, he would also be a great addition for the New York Giants and probably fits the NFC East squad the best of all those four teams.
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