Charles Woodson Says the Free-Agent Market was Just as Cold for Him in 2006
Charles Woodson was the NFL’s defensive player of the year only three years ago, but now the future Hall of Fame cornerback-turned-safety is out of a job and struggling to gain attention on the open market. I suppose that’s the life of a 37-year-old NFL player, but it still seems odd that Woodson’s drawn limited interest this spring. Charles Woodson joined Archer and Bell on 790 The Zone in Atlanta to discuss his experience as a free agent now compared to 2006, the lack of attention he’s received, and to reflect on his Heisman Trophy victory back at Michigan. He also addressed the quandary regarding what position he can or should play at this stage in his career.
On being surprised he won the Heisman Trophy in 1997:
“I didn’t think I was gonna win. I thought I should win, but Peyton being the heavy favorite coming into the season, having a good senior year, I was like, ‘Wow, man, it’s stacked against me.’ But I thought I did all I could do on the field to win it, so it worked out.”
On his experience as a free agent in the 2006 offseason:
“Oddly enough, it’s a lot like it is right now. It was slow. I had nobody really calling. I had my agents calling a lot of people, and Green Bay was the only team that was calling us. So it was just that it was about the money, it was that was the only team that was calling. So I ended up going to Green Bay because there was no other suitors.”
On what position he’d be best suited to play at this point:
“What do you need me to do? Because I can do it. I don’t have to be stuck in a box on anybody’s team. I can play anywhere at any time.”