The most high profile free agent left on the market is former Green Bay Safety Charles Woodson. The 36 year old, 16 year veteran has yet to sign, but has reportedly made visits with the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos. The New York Giants are reportedly interested in signing him as well. So what about the Dallas Cowboys? Might they make a run at the 2009 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Maybe. The team has been surprisingly mum on the subject, a stance we wish they would apply to other aspects of the organization. Yet, the team seems to have crossed all of their other to-do’s off of their list. Tony Romo extension? Done. NFL Draft? Done. Doug Free situation? Done. The Dallas Cowboys have been surprisingly efficient in their getting-things-done mode in 2013. They’ve managed to fill a lot of holes on the current roster. The one spot where we have seen little to no action is at Safety, and the team appears to have a glaring need.
Barry Church and Matt Johnson are the de-facto starters. Between them, they have 3 NFL starts. Johnson has never even set foot upon an NFL field. Calling them unproven would be an understatement. Charles Woodson is about as proven an NFL player as we have in this league. His impact would be felt extensively on and off the field. In addition to his reliable performance on the field, Woodson would provide an incredible mentor for the plethora of young safeties currently on the roster. Woodson would act as a player-coach for this team, a role that veterans at his age usually relish.
Of course, money is a major factor in whether or not the team can go after Woodson. Before the Doug Free and Anthony Hargrove deals, the team was reportedly set to have about $7 million in cap space, $2 million of which comes in to effect after June 1st thanks to the Marcus Spears cut. Free opened up another $3.5 million on that, while Hargrove eats up only $550,000. Using my limited math skills, that would put us at around $8 million of available cap space, with that number jumping to $10 million in a couple weeks. Woodson’s salary in 2012 was $6.5 million. Dallas should have enough, should they want to use it, to sign Woodson and all of their unsigned draft picks.
The inner-workings of an NFL franchise are never easy to project. Dallas may already be on the phone with Woodson. They may have already crossed him off their list as well. We’ll have to wait and see. Would you like to see Charles Woodson join the 2013 Dallas Cowboys? Sound off in the comments section, on Twitter, and on Facebook!
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