Washington Redskins

Washington Redskins: Why They Should Make Room for Charles Woodson

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05:  Safety Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after the Packers 24-10 victory against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Dilan AmesCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2013

It is no secret that defensive back was one of the weakest positions on the Washington Redskins roster in 2012. With an inconsistent DeAngelo Hall at the top at the depth chart, it is obvious that Washington could use an upgrade. 

Washington was ranked 30th against the pass last season (281.9 yards per game) and will definitely need to improve on that in 2013 if they want to make a second consecutive playoff run.

Charles Woodson was a pillar of the Packers’ defense for years and would be a great addition to the Redskins. While he is likely on the tail end of his career, Woodson can still make a big impact on defense.

His ability to not only defend the pass but also to rush the passer has been well-documented over the years. 

A Heisman winner with the Michigan Wolverines in 1997, Woodson has put together a career that is unrivaled by most. Last season, Woodson made the switch from cornerback to safety for the Packers, and he would likely continue playing that position in Washington. 

Despite his age and recent injuries, there will be a healthy market for Woodson.

The Redskins are definitely a team that should be interested, although it will be tough to bring him in with their cap situation. While it may seem like a desperate move, it might be smart for the Redskins to cut/restructure the contract of a couple players in order to bring in Woodson. 

With last year’s free-agent signings Brandon Meriweather and Tanard Jackson both coming off injury and suspension respectively, it would be smart to bring in a proven commodity in Woodson. It is Dan Snyder’s reputation to go out and sign big-name free agents, and he may be closing in on the former Packer. 

Woodson will be 37 in October but certainly still has gas left in the tank. It was just three years ago that he won NFL Defensive Player of the Year and only two years ago that he had seven interceptions. 

There is little question that Woodson can still play at a high level, and it would be wise of the burgundy and gold to sign him. 

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