Charles Woodson was a lockdown cornerback with the Green Bay Packers, but time has caught up with him. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Charles Woodson: Richard Sherman wants you


Richard Sherman makes a plea for Charles Woodson to sign with Seattle.

Richard Sherman, that loud, but pretty talented cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, made an appearance on the NFL Network last weekend and made a direct plea for the services of former Green Bay Packers‘ cornerback/safety Charles Woodson.

Though the verbose cornerback is known for his on-field trash-talking and aggressive play, he clearly needs some spit and polish with his television delivery skills. However, he did get his message across.

Making his plea on the network’s NFL Total Access program, Sherman looked directly into the camera and said:

“Seattle … we would love to have you. We have some pretty decent players – we have a secondary that … we would love for you to call it home … we have some decent players … we play man coverage, we play zone … we have veterans like Marcus Truffant and we would love your help.”

When prompted to convince Woodson to sign with Seattle because the Seahawks are legitimate contenders for a Super Bowl, here’s what he had to say:

“We stumbled this year in Atlanta … 25 seconds away or whatever. We have everything in place, you know, we have a great quarterback, we have a top five defense … you can make us the top one defense … hey, top number one defense, you can make us one of the best defenses in the league, Charles … I’m just sayin’ – we’re pretty good right now, but you can make us great … just wanna be elite. Can you help us? Help us out … please Charles.”

Sherman is right about the Seattle defense … they finished with the fourth best defense in the league, giving up an average of 306 yards per game and a league-low 245 total points in 16 games. Would Woodson propel that defense any higher? It’s hard to imagine that Woodson would even crack the starting lineup of that unit, but anything’s possible.

However, I see Woodson signing with a team where he can become the heart and soul of the defensive unit, much like he did in Green Bay. He wants to go to a contender – Seattle fits that bill – but he would also like to be “the man” and a starter. For the kind of money Woodson is commanding, it’s difficult to believe that any team would sign him as a backup or even as a nickel or dime player.

In fact, I’m wondering how Sherman’s defensive teammates are reacting to his plea to Woodson. I’m sure they want to keep their jobs. Maybe Woodson would like to take over the corner position currently held by Sherman? Not likely.

Mr. Woodson, take my advice … steer clear of Mr. Sherman and Seattle. There are other teams out there with more need and more dollars for you.

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