When Charles Woodson visited the San Francisco 49ers on March 13th, the safety seemed like a perfect match for the NFC champions. The 49ers were in need of someone to replace the departed Dashon Goldson and Woodson was looking to play the twilight of his career with a contender.
Woodson left San Francisco without a deal and, on March 16th, the 49ers surprisingly signed former Ram’s safety Craig Dahl to a 3 year deal worth 5.25 millions dollars. In April’s draft, the Niners traded up 13 spots to select LSU safety Eric Reid.
With the additions of Dahl and Reid, the writing was pretty much on the wall for Woodson. He was no longer an option in San Francisco.
“We really haven’t heard from anyone at this point, really, much after visiting San Francisco,” Said Woodson. “I left there and they ended up signing another safety, a guy from St. Louis. And they got the young kid in the draft. So that’s pretty much out the door.”
Woodson has not received much attention this offseason and it’s unknown if he’ll find a team interested enough in his services to offer him a contract. The eight time pro bowler was injured for more than half of last season, missing 10 games with a broken collar bone. Woodson believes the injury, along with his advanced age, have attributed to the lack of interest in his services.
“I think being 36, for one, hurt my shoulder again last year and missing 10 games, that plays into it. But at the same time, why a team wouldn’t want me on their roster, that I don’t know. I chalk it up to being 36 and hurting my shoulder again.”
If this is it for Woodson, it will be the end of a great career. He was AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998 with the Oakland Raiders and won the AP Defensive Player of the Year more than a decade later with the Green Bay Packer in 2009. In 15 seasons, he has intercepted 55 passes and scored 12 total touchdowns.
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