Oct 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers safety Charles Woodson (21) against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Packers defeated the Texans 42-24. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Could Charles Woodson be a player the New Orleans Saints bring in?


Safety Charles Woodson was informed by the Green Bay Packers yesterday that he will no longer be in their plans for the secondary.  This begs the question if he could be in the plans for the New Orleans Saints.

It could be a mere “window shopping” thought on Woodson but I’m sure the thought has crossed the minds of Saints fans and at least considered it before either crossing their fingers that he’ll come to New Orleans or bid him good luck in his future, just not here.

But everyone has been clamoring for the team to sign Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed who is set to be a free agent on March 12th so why not consider Woodson to be in the mix?

Like Reed, Woodson’s name has been intermingled in conversation with possibly being the next Darren Sharper style pickup for the Saints.  Sharper breathed life into the defense in 2009 as a free safety and became a serious aggravation to opposing quarterbacks and showed his veteran instinct in every game.

Woodson does have the same veteran profile and is just as deadly in the ball-hawking area as Sharper and Reed as well as being a leader on defense in the secondary just as he was with the Packers.  It’s two areas that were painfully lacking for the Saints this past season.

Another bonus is that Woodson has spent time at both the cornerback and strong safety position in his career and made the jump to safety just this past year as well as playing some in the nickel cornerback position.

The only issues that exist for Woodson are his age and his durability.  He is 36 and will turn 37 this October.  Woodson also has battled injuries including two broken collarbones the past two seasons and hamstring issues littered in with that.

Another problem that presents itself is what Woodson will be looking for in a free agent contract.  The Saints are about $16.6 million over their salary cap and may not be able to afford him if he’s looking to get that one last big deal before he retires.

Still Woodson should get several looks from teams who are in need of a cornerback or safety that can make plays and the Saints could very well be one of them.

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  • octavia a henry

    This would be a nice pick up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lloyd.muse Lloyd Muse

    Woodson would be the only veteran I would bring in because he can play both CB and Safety. It would be smart to part ways with some veterans via release or trade… Will Smith, Roman Harper and Vilma. And, instead of going after veterans to replace them, they could sign players like Desean Golston or Jarius Byrd to replace Harper in the secondary. They could do the same with the defensive line by signing Paul Kruger or Anthony Spencer, both of whom have experience in the 3-4 scheme which the Saints are transitioning to in 2013. The Saints need some impact players on the defensive side of the ball, and with Byrd or Golston in the secondary and a pass rusher like Kruger or Spencer they would instantly upgrade two areas in drastic need of an overhaul.

  • louisianakid1954

    I’m glad Sean Payton are back so he can make these decision on who to part way with and who to keep, some veterans are good to keep to train all new players coming in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.rodriguez.79677 Dennis Rodriguez

    WOODSON IS OVER THE HILL WE NEED YOUNG FAST TALLER DB’S WHO CAN GET UP AND COVER THE TALLER RECIEVERS OF TODAY.NO ON WOODSON

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rodney-Guidry/100002681142018 Rodney Guidry

    I have not heard anything on any talks going on with the Saints. I don’t think the Saints are interested.