Versatile Charles Woodson Snags Defensive Player of The Year Honors

Ryan CardarellaCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2010

Emerging as the equivalent of a swiss army knife in Dom Capers 3-4 defense, Charles Woodson parlayed the best season of his great career into Defensive Player of the Year honors Tuesday.

Garnering 28 of 50 votes, Woodson beat out New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis for the honor. Woodson joins Reggie White as the only Green Bay Packers to win the award.

Thought to be a player in decline, since coming over from Oakland in 2006, Woodson has been dominant for the Packers. He has accumulated 28 interceptions and seven touchdowns in four seasons.

With fellow star cornerback Al Harris going down with a season-ending knee injury against San Francisco, Woodson was key in shutting down the opposing offense's top receiver, while also excelling in Capers' blitz packages.

Perhaps Woodson's strong play can inspire general manager Ted Thompson to loosen up a bit more in free agency—a market he has largely stayed away from in spite of being extremely successful with the few signings he has made.

Nose tackle Ryan Pickett and linebacker Brandon Chillar were other recent free agent pickups that have become integral parts of the Packers defense.

If Thompson can find more players like those three in free agency to supplement his draft picks, the Packers should be in the market for a far more desirable trophy next season—the Lombardi Trophy.

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