Decision could yield homecoming for Woodson
Written by Matt Pargoff   
Monday, May 20, 2013 09:03 AM

Heading into his 16th year in the NFL, former Michigan defensive back Charles Woodson finds himself in an unfamiliar position. Already well into the off-season, he has yet to sign on with a team. So far, Woodson has visited San Francisco and Denver, but questioned on what the future holds, the former Heisman Trophy winner admits to being up in the air.

“I don’t have any idea really,” said Woodson on Sunday. “I plan on playing. I have a visit set up this week with the Oakland Raiders, so I’ll go out there and sit down with the coaching staff, GM and all of that, and we’ll figure it out from there.”

Woodson was selected by the Raiders with the No. 4 pick of the 1998 NFL Draft and the opportunity to go full circle in his career is something that intrigues the former Wolverine cornerback.

“It would be a really big thing to go back to Oakland being that I played there really most of my career,” he noted. “I played there eight years and Green Bay seven. So I spent most of my career in Oakland and I still have a lot of friends there. I still know people in the organization. It would be a homecoming of sorts if it were to happen, so we’ll see.”

There have been recent rumblings that Woodson could land in another homecoming situation, playing the same state as his college experience, by heading to the Detroit Lions. While the eight-time NFL Pro Bowler did not rule out the idea, he wants to see how the upcoming trip goes and get a better feel for interest level.

“What I’ve said is that if I make it out of Oakland, and there’s not a deal done, then I’m still open,” explained Woodson. “So if there was some interest, some real interest, yeah, I’d take a look at them.”

For the Packers, Woodson was used in a variety of ways, but often found himself near the line of scrimmage and close to the box. Despite his success in that system, he does not feel that he is limited to playing one type of defense.

“I don’t fit into one particular scheme,” he stated. “I can play the game of football and it doesn’t matter whether it’s man defense, zone, 4-3, 3-4. I can play the game so that really doesn’t matter.”

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