Raiders fans have been hoping to see former Raider great Charles Woodson back in (Silver &) Black this off-season. The All Pro cornerback had said he would only join a contender. Well, today, after getting no real interest in his services from contending teams, he has backed down from his stance.
Charles Woodson: When FA started, I needed to go to a contender. At this point, if it is a rebuilding stage, that is what I'm going to do— NFL Media PR (@InsideNFLMedia) May 10, 2013
Using the words "rebuilding stage" could very well be a direct message to the Raiders and their GM Reggie McKenzie who was a Packers executive when the team acquired Woodson and remained for his first six seasons in Green Bay.
The final season McKenzie was in Green Bay, Woodson was NFL Defensive MVP. Woodson moved to safety full time last season and the Raiders have an opening for a free safety on the team.
He is 36-years old but still performs at a high level. The team is mostly in a youth movement but they have also showed interest in older veterans. They re-signed 33-year old Andre Carter and were ready to sign 34-year old cornerback, Terrance Newman as well. This obviously wouldn't be a match that would last very long. But, he wants to extend his career and the Raiders want to be competitive this season.
Ending his career where it began would be a great match as far as I could see. Now that he has opened that door, I could see it happening.