Oct 23, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson (21) celebrates his interception against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter at the Metrodome. The Packers win 33-27. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Should Saints Be Interested in Charles Woodson Now That He Wants to Play For a Rebuilding Team?

The 2013 NFL draft is over, and unsurprisingly, there are some veterans such as Charles Woodson still available on the market who are now willing to take less money and perhaps play for rebuilding franchises such as the New Orleans Saints now that they realize the market for their services is slim.

Thus is the case for Woodson, who wanted to play for a contender before the NFL draft. Woodson was passed over by all of the contenders leading up to the draft, and if he now wants to continue his career, he’s going to have to settle for what he can get.

Woodson realizes this, as he told NFL Network (per ProFootballTalk):

“When this process first started out, that was my thing, I needed to go to a contender,” Woodson said Thursday on NFL Network.  “I know I am towards the end of my career.  At this point, I want to play football.  So if it is a rebuilding stage, at this point if that is the circumstances I have to play under, then that is what I am going to do.”

“It is kind  of the process, but at the same time it is frustrating,” Woodson said.  “You have guys that can flat out play football.  You look at Dwight Freeney and what he is able to do.  They had a system last year that is different than he is used to playing, but he can play football.  John Abraham, he led his team in sacks and you say, ‘We don’t have a spot for you on our roster?’  I can’t understand that.  Myself, I am just a ballplayer.  I need to be on a team.”

Woodson may be able to get the best of both worlds in New Orleans. Technically the defense is rebuilding, but the Saints could easily be a contender next season thanks to the explosive offense.

The ball is in the Saints’ court.

New Orleans did just draft Kenny Vaccaro and seems dead-set on keeping Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper around. The team has been struggling with cap and just signed all of its rookie class minus John Jenkins.

In other words, the Saints have to find the money and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has to want his services.

It may be a long shot, but adding a playmaker like Woodson at this stage of the offseason could do nothing but help. Even if he does not see the field much, the Saints could use a veteran presence to teach and lead what was an embarrassingly undisciplined secondary last season.

Not to mention the sound of Woodson mentoring Vaccaro is very, very nice.

Sooner or later Woodson is going to find a home. New Orleans could be that home, even if it’s just for the leadership factor. Stay tuned.


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  • octavia a henry

    We could use his experience and leadership, I hope the saints give him a chance.

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

    The Saints are Superbowl contenders. One bad season without the best head coach, Sean Payton, in the NFL, does not mean this is a rebuilding year. 2011 with basically the same players we have now, in fact we probably have better players in 2013, does not mean this is a rebuilding year. Sean Payton’s back and that alone makes the Saints contenders again.

    • Pridenpoise

      Super Bowl contender, you obviously didn’t watch them play defence last year.

      • Anthony_JK

        The Saints offense is good enough to win Super Bowls. If the defense even improves to mid-level, they are serious contenders for the playoffs.

        • Pridenpoise

          They are not even in the same league as the Niners and the Seahawkssorry the Saints window is closed. Don’t feel to bad they won a Super Bowl.

          • Phill Comeaux

            Sure the Saints are in the same league. Just because the commissioner helped the 49er’s by punishing the Saints without evidence, it was obvious the commissioner tried to help the 49er’s get pass the Saints with a chopped up, wrongly penalized defense. The Ravens let the 49er’s know that the Saints would of beaten the 49er’s if the commissioner had not did what he did. As for the Seahawks, they have not proven to be a contender yet and already you given them a superbowl berth. You think the window is closed? Not hardly.

          • Pridenpoise

            Wow your not to delusional are you, If the Saints did nothing wrong why did Payton miss the year??? Better yet why did all of there coaching staff get suspended, I’ve got news for you, if they were that good missing their coach shouldn’t have made them fall apart. And if you think for a second that the Saints Defence of last year was comparable to the Ravens defence then you should start watching golf because your obviously an idiot. I’m pretty sure they gave up the most points of any defence last year, and they will suck this year, so get used to it. I know your a homer but try not to be so biased, it’s clouding whatever judgement you have, also the Seahawkswill destroy the Saints this year.

          • Phill Comeaux

            All of what you’ve said about the Saints this coming season is speculation. Here’s where you are. Currently the Saints offense remains explosive! Last season the Saints offense finished second in the NFL, racking up 6,574 total yards. As far as Sean Payton is concerned, he’s smart. If you look at how he handled the alleged allegations, you will see that he was far intelligent than you’ll ever be. Son, Sean and I know it is better to be silent and look guilty that to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Genius, try that if you’re smart. This year, Saints did very well improving their defense in the draft and FA. Last year, the Saints did better than expected offensively but with an altered defense thanks to goodell, it wasn’t enough to win the division however. See last year, goodell knew the strength of the Saints defense was the run stoppers. the Saints only needed to improve defensively to get back into playoff contention. Seahawks still have not proven themselves (that they can advance to the NFC championship)…yet. So don’t hold your breath cause it’ll surely make your breath stank! Scope dude?

          • Pridenpoise

            What are you doing SPECULATING you Retard, so don’t hammer me for doing when it’s exactly what, everyone, does this time of year, what makes you think your draft picks are going to be any good, speculating again? Get your head out of your ass, because you breath stinks, I’m not a Hawks fan and I know their going to wipe the floor with your beloved AINTS, so get your paper bags ready Phil.

          • Phill Comeaux

            Once again, when you have no team to claim and when you don’t know anything about the powerful offense of the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are known to have great success with FA’s and drafts from small unknown schools who became dangerous players in the league. “it’s better to be quiet (Genius) than to open your (did you use the scope I sent you) mouth and remove all doubt”! Stop talking about yourself..son.

          • Phill Comeaux

            Bruce Irvin became the sixth Seattle Seahawk since 2011 to be punished for performance-enhancing drug use. So Brian, this is the best Seattle can do to win? Oh, Brian, please! Don’t!..I wouldn’t open my nasty mouth without Scope! Do you smell what I mean!

          • http://www.facebook.com/brian.howden.923 Brian Howden

            Your the last one who should be talking about teams cheating, you smell what I mean, now go have a shower you filthy dirty Frenchman.

          • Phill Comeaux

            Remember this: “Oh-when-the Saints, go-marching in, oh when the-Saints go-marching in. I-want to-be in-that number, oh-when-the Saints go-marching-in”! “Who-dat”! “Who-dat”! “Who-dat talkin-bout beat’in them-Saints”! That’s the spirit Brian, get the spirit and you too will believe.

          • Pridenpoise

            The only thing I remember is the, AINT’S, and lots of people with paper bags on their heads remember Phil, don’t worry if you don’t those days will be back. LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/leonardo.angelo.505 Leonardo Angelo

    saints got better with the draft but so did most every other team too. so many variables this year ie new d coach new 3-4 scheme. how many new coached this year, like 5 or something. plus the saints or in the top 5 hardest schedule in 2013. it kills me to say it but 8-8 sounds about right. if we got woodson maybe he could be another sharper

    • Phill Comeaux

      This season, it’s important that Saints fans watch the league and how it police Saints opponents ( Leonardo) who cheat to win critical games, thats all. It’s a shame we have to do this but if you want your team to have a chance, you have to do this. I know this should be behind us but the way the commissioner behave toward this club, it’s also obvious that the only team to stand in the way of the 49er’s is…you guessed it, the Saints. The 49er’s have a ok offense but the Saints have a dangerous offense. The 49er’s have a dangerous (does defense win games) defense but the Saints have a bad defense. In the 2 games these teams played in, the 49er’s defense was the factor in both games Brian. This hardly indicates the Saints as not in the same league as the 49er’s and the seahawks who has yet to prove (a championship game) to be contenders…Genius!

  • Lupinda3rd

    Lol how quickly people forget. I really like that people are basically pushing them to the side now we can just prove them wrong again.