Charles Woodson: Signing with Raiders Would Be Fitting Conclusion to Career

A return to the Oakland Raiders may not bring Charles Woodson any closer to another Super Bowl, but signing with the franchise that originally drafted him would be a fitting conclusion to his Hall of Fame career.

Once a key component of the Raiders' revival in the early 2000s, Woodson could now help accelerate an even more daunting rebuild by adding a veteran defender with championship experience to the locker room. 

Such a return appears to already be in the works. The Raiders have reportedly joined the fray for Woodson, who has otherwise received mostly scant interest as a free agent this offseason.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Friday that Oakland has invited the 36-year-old defensive back for a visit on Tuesday. Rapoport also reports that the Denver Broncos, New York Giants and Carolina Panthers remain in play for Woodson. 

There are hurdles to an agreement in Oakland, however.

If playing for a contender is truly Woodson's primary deciding factor, the Broncos, Giants and Panthers can each present rosters closer to playing in the Super Bowl than that of the Raiders. And although Woodson said on NFL Network this week (per Pro Football Talk) that he'd play for anyone now, you'd have to assume his preference will still lean the way of the better roster.

It's also very possible that the Raiders would balk at getting into even a mini-bidding war for Woodson, given their current salary cap situation. According to Over the Cap, Oakland has just under $4 million in cap room for the 2013 season. 

But if the Raiders could both convince Woodson to once again play for a rebuilding project in the Bay Area and agree on contract numbers, such a reunion could be mutually beneficial. 

Woodson could play a maximum number of snaps in 2013 for a roster riddled with holes, while the Raiders would get a veteran leader—and one familiar with general manage...

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