Woodson Set To Visit With Broncos
ARNIE STAPLETON,AP Pro Football Writer
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Charles Woodson is set to visit with the Broncos on Wednesday for both sides to determine whether Denver is a good fit.
Aside from a meeting with the San Francisco 49ers after the Green Bay Packers released him in February, the 36-year-old defensive back has drawn little interest as a free agent.
Denver could prove the perfect spot for Woodson, who’s hoping to play a 16th NFL season.
He would likely compete with Mike Adams and Quinton Carter at strong safety or serve as an extra defensive back on passing downs for the AFC powerhouse.
Broncos front-office boss John Elway told 5,000 season ticket-holders in a call last week that he felt good about the safety position but didn’t close the door on adding another veteran at the position.
A season ticket holder asked Elway why safety wasn’t addressed in the draft, and Elway replied that Adams and Rahim Moore, whose big blunder led to Denver’s loss to Baltimore in the playoffs, were still the starters.
“Safety-wise, we feel pretty good,” Elway said. “I think everyone is going to have their difference of opinions on what they think we need, but we did the best we could with what we thought were the most important needs for us. But we’re always looking, and we’re not totally done with anything.
“We’re always looking to improve our team, and if there’s a safety or somebody we see out there that can help us, then I think we do something there.”
Woodson played the last seven seasons in Green Bay. He spent his first eight seasons in Oakland after the Raiders drafted him out of Michigan with the No. 4 overall pick. His 55 career interceptions are second among active players.
Woodson was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998.
Woodson signed a five-year deal with the Packers before the 2010 season that was worth as much as $55 million but he missed half of the 2012 regular season because of a broken right collarbone.
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