When Charles Woodson left the Oakland Raiders in 2006, there weren't a lot of teams that tried to sign him besides the Packers. His deal was worth a reported 7-year, $52.7 million but turned out to be $23 million over 4 years (he was signed to an extension in 2010 worth $55 million over 5 years. The deal included $21 million in advances and bonuses. 2011: $7.85 million, 2012-2014: $6.5 million). Those aren't crazy numbers and certainly within the budget of the team...well, they should be.
Having Woodson on board could have freed the team up on draft day (where they selected Jonathan Joseph). Other options could have been DeMeco Ryans (instead of Caleb Miller at MLB), DeAngelo Williams (instead of Kenny Watson or Quincy Wilson to compliment Rudi) or even Marcedes Lewis (if Brat had actually used a TE in his scheme).
Plus after reading Andrew Brandt's article over at NFP, it got me thinking about a Mike Zimmer / Charles Woodson combination that would have been crazy good:
And when Charles came into the organization in 2006, he and Mike McCarthy clashed, as Woodson was used to a less structured environment in Oakland. Charles and Mike worked through that and Charles became a force. In my nine years with the team, I never saw a player that looked so superior to others in his abilities. He is truly an elite talent, and a thoughtful, emotional and proud person. He’s been a wonderful influence for that position group with the Packers.
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