Oct 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson (24) raises his arms after the Oakland Raiders intercepted Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7, not pictured) during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-18. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Woodson on Detroit Lions: ‘Never Say Never’


Charles Woodson was back in southeast Michigan this weekend as he was on hand at Crisler Center to see his Michigan Wolverines on the hardwood. Could Woodson be back playing his home games in the area? When asked, Woodson didn’t deny the possibility.

OK, so it wasn’t a very strong statement in support of the idea either.

Safety is a position the Lions need to address and turning to Woodson certainly isn’t a long-term answer. That being said, Woodson is available, likely inexpensive and still capable of playing some decent football.

Woodson logged almost 1,100 snaps for the Oakland Raiders defense last year and received a modest, yet solidly positive overall rating from Pro Football Focus. His +1.8 rating is comparable to the +2.0 Louis Delmas received, although Delmas featured a bigger difference in the highs and lows of the individual ratings components. Similar overall impact, but Woodson was more steady, for better and worse. The Raiders signed Woodson to a one-year deal last June for $1.8 million.

Should the Lions miss on a free agent like T.J. Ward and not find what they need in the draft, Woodson could be an option as an emergency stop-gap later in the process. That being said, the sight of Woodson playing ball in southeast Michigan is probably best left in the past.

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  • straw walker

    Same as Champ, once a great player is not always a great player.

  • Pridenpoise

    He’s staying in Oakland, to tutor the young guys.