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Charles Woodson Rumors: Veteran Would Be Poor Fit for Broncos

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Strong safety Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers  looks on against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMay 14, 2013

Adding Charles Woodson to a secondary that already includes Champ Bailey would be a bad idea for the Denver Broncos. Per Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, the Broncos are among the teams that are showing interest in the 16-year veteran.

Torrey Smith's abuse of Bailey in the playoffs should have served notice to the Broncos. At 34 years old, Bailey is no longer the type of dominant corner capable of locking down elite receivers.

Bringing a 37-year-old Woodson into the same unit is just asking for trouble. 

The Broncos are looking to win now, but they would be wise not to load the roster with short-timers. Even though Woodson’s contract will likely be low-cost and low-risk, there are better options.

A player like Quintin Mikell, for example, is a much safer target. He’s still unsigned, and he’s five years younger than Woodson. 

He played in all 16 games last season while Woodson played in just seven. The St. Louis Rams still haven't given up on the idea of bringing him back, but the Broncos may be able to swoop in and make him feel wanted elsewhere.

In the secondary, losing a step can't be hidden as easily as it can be in the front seven; aging defensive backs can easily get burned one on one, giving up huge plays in the process.

The Broncos would be wise to make adjustments to take Bailey off the island alone, but what good does that do if the safety offering assistance has lost a step as well?

The Broncos have a good mix of veterans and young players considering Rahim Moore and Chris Harris are both just 23; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is in his physical prime at 27.

While boasting a young nucleus is promising, that potential would be negated by having Woodson and Bailey on the field as starters together.

If you're thinking Woodson would be a reserve, you're kidding yourself. No matter what the depth chart says now, it is hard to believe he'd be brought in to any organization and not allowed to start.

At the very least, the accomplished veteran would have every opportunity to compete for a starting position, so what happens if he doesn’t win a spot?

If you listen to the future Hall of Famer in the interview below, he speaks as though he has every intention of coming in and making an impact.

If he can’t, will he accept that? And if he doesn't accept it, will that lead to his release?

Many fans will root for Woodson to find a home, but Denver isn’t the best spot.

 

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