Woodson would be a welcome addition

PackerReport.com's Todd Korth explains how unrestricted free agent cornerback Charles Woodson could help the Green Bay Packers' defensive backfield.

The pickings among big-name players still remaining on the free agent market are getting slim, however, one cornerback that the Green Bay Packers plan to meet with this week would be a welcome addition to their defensive backfield - Charles Woodson.

It has been very clear that the Packers and their fans are not happy with penalty-prone Ahmad Carroll as their starting cornerback opposite Al Harris. By adding Woodson, or another veteran of his caliber, the Packers certainly would add stability to an area of need.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the Packers are among three teams that have expressed an interest in Woodson, 29, a four-time Pro Bowl selection. A visit to Green Bay this week is in the works. Woodson has met with Tampa Bay and was expected to visit Seattle over the weekend.

Woodson is coming off a season-ending broken right leg suffered Oct. 23 against Buffalo. He hasn't played a full season since 2001 and is coming off a season in which he was tagged as the team's franchise player and had a salary of $10-plus million.

Woodson has 17 interceptions since the Raiders took the Heisman Trophy winner out of Michigan with the fourth pick in the 1998 draft.

Woodson wouldn't be the long-term answer at cornerback for the Packers, but he would provide some veteran experience and leadership. The Packers are expected to select a cornerback in the upcoming NFL draft, so Woodson would be able to help groom a rookie. If the Packers can land a cornerback good enough to start, Woodson could be moved to safety, where he played some with the Raiders.

If there is one position where the Packers need immediate help, it's cornerback. Carroll has been shaky, at best, in his first two seasons and will better serve Green Bay as an extra back in passing defenses. With his excellent speed, he is an asset on kickoff returns, but not out on an island by himself in the defensive backfield as a starter.

Woodson should be physically ready to participate in the team's off-season workout program and minicamps. Adding him to the roster would be a good move by Packers general manager Ted Thompson.


Todd Korth

Todd Korth is managing editor of PackerReport.com and Packer Report. E-mail him at packrepted@aol.com.


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