ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Four thoughts on the Broncos’ reported interest in former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson, who is apparently set to visit team headquarters this week:
1. At the minimum, the Broncos could still use depth. Last year’s primary backup, Jim Leonhard, is not an option, having signed a free-agent contract with the New Orleans Saints in April. Although Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway told 5,000 season-ticket holders last week that “we feel pretty good” about the safety complement, he didn’t close the door on adding more:
“We’re always looking, and we're not totally done with anything,” Elway said. “We're always looking to improve our team, and if there's a safety or somebody we see out there that can help us, then I think we do something there.”
Woodson’s strength at safety is in pass coverage, which you’d expect from a recently converted cornerback. According to ProFootballFocus’ metrics, Woodson graded above returning starter
2. In regards to depth, health is still a concern for
If the Broncos add Woodson, there’s no question about their depth at safety; with
3. More leadership is always welcome. Especially on defense, where the Broncos are looking for new leaders to help point the way in the wake of Elvis Dumervil’s departure.
Woodson could also prove to be another vital mentor for all young defensive backs, along with Bailey. The Broncos think they have a group that could represent a future secondary lineup with
4. Finally, what does Woodson want?
His first team, the Raiders, has reportedly shown interest, and a chance to complete the circle on his career by returning to Oakland could prove enticing, especially since he already has a world championship in his back pocket. But the Raiders are using this year to give young players heavy playing time, are expected to give quarterback Matt Flynn his first full-time starting gig and are purging the roster of dead salary-cap money so they can pursue free agents in future years.
Does Woodson want to be on the ground floor of a rebuilding plan – where he would almost certainly start – or would he rather go for one more championship ring, with no guarantee of substantial playing time? The answer to this question, above all else, might determine his landing spot.