Charles Woodson came into OTA practice Tuesday hoping to see his 24 jersey waiting in his locker. That didn't happen so he went without a number.
"I can't find a number, man. Everything's taken," said Woodson. "So, moving forward, we'll try to get that worked out but right now I'm just blank man... [The 24 jersey] wasn't waiting on me in my locker so I'll have to negotiate that for sure."
Well, for now, the mystery of "blank man" has been solved.
The Raiders announced today that Marquette King has switched to the number 7. King has worn the number 2 since joining the team in last year's camp. According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, King wanted to switch numbers anyway so the move made sense. King couldn't wear number 7 last year because it belonged to quarterback Matt Leinart, who is no longer with the team.
The move was made so Charles Woodson could take the number 2 which he donned in today's practice. The last time Woodson wore that number was at Michigan where he won the Heisman Trophy. Woodson is very proud of his alma mater and even showed up for his free agent visit with the Raiders wearing a Michigan T-shirt.
This number is somewhat temporary for Woodson because defensive backs are not allowed to wear single digit numbers in the regular season. This means he will have to change his number to one in the 20's, 30's, or 40's. Very likely, Woodson will get his #24 back at that time while Tracy Porter will get the #22 which he has worn his entire NFL career.
This will happen either by getting the current #22 -- Taiwan Jones -- to change his number or Porter and Woodson making the switch in the possible eventuality Jones doesn't make the regular season roster.
For now, Woodson will give it the old college try. Adding a four to his jersey is not far off.