The New York Giants are interested in signing ageing defensive back Charles Woodson, according to a report from ESPN's Josina Anderson. The Giants need help in the secondary and Woodson is still without a team, after being released by the Green Bay Packers.
He may have lingered on the league's scrap heap this offseason, but Woodson can still be an asset to any secondary. Even at 36, he has retained the coverage skills that made him a premier cornerback during the peak of a career that began in 1998.
The Giants are not particularly well-stocked at the edges of their defensive backfield. Veteran Corey Webster is a declining force on one side. Over on the other, 2011 first-rounder Prince Amukamara has struggled to convince.
The G-Men did bring back Aaron Ross in free agency, but he is more of a nickel corner. Woodson offers far greater versatility.
Not only would he boost the cornerback rotation, he would also be able to fill in at safety. He moved to free safety for the Packers in 2012.
From there Woodson helped improve a pass defense that ranked last in the league in 2011. The Packers finished the 2012 season as the 11th best pass defense in the NFL.
Woodson would become a vital cog in the type of defensive schemes the Giants play. Coordinator Perry Fewell favors a three-safety package and lost one member of his trio, Kenny Phillips, in free agency.
Woodson can play deep as a center fielder, or he can be utilized near the line. He has excellent skills as a blitzer.
He showcased the true range of his flexibility in Week 6 last season against the Houston Texans. The Packers deployed the 6'1", 202-pounder as a roving linebacker.
Woodson led the charge in shutting down Houston's vaunted zone-rushing attack in a 42-24 win. Since leaving the Packers, Woodson has found the search for a new team difficult.
He recently failed to come to terms with the Denver Broncos, according to Aol.Sportingnews.com. The Oakland Raiders, the team that drafted him in '98, have also expressed an interest, according to the same report.
Woodson may find it easier to come to terms with Big Blue. His combination of skills would be invaluable in the different blend of defenses the Giants play.
They were uncharacteristically feeble on that side of the ball in 2012. Fewell's unit ranked 31st in points, 25th against the run and 28th against the pass.
An experienced playmaker like Woodson, could give the Giants defense the boost it needs to propel the team back to the postseason.