“Hallelujah,” is what former Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson exclaimed today when hearing that the NFL had decided to scrap the tuck rule. His role in the play that brought the rule into the national limelight is well known. He was the Oakland Raider who hit New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on the play when Brady seemingly fumbled the ball away.
Well, we all know what transpired after that …
“It shouldn’t have taken this long,” Woodson said in an interview on the NFL Network. “It’s been 11 years I guess now. It’s about time that they turned it over. It really was just a badly explained rule from the jump, and it didn’t make a whole lot of sense the way the rule was interpreted. So I think the best thing was for them to just throw it out.”
But the league’s move to dump the rule has been the only highlight for Woodson in recent weeks. After being released by the Packers in a salary cap move last month, Woodson is still trying to find a new home – and it doesn’t look at this point like he’s got any hope for a change. Woodson’s only visit came last week when he visited the San Francisco 49ers. To date, the Niners haven’t called.
“I think, looking back, this is my second time in free agency and I’ve kind of been shunned both times,” Woodson was quoted as saying today. “So I guess this time around, I’m a little more patient with it and just waiting around to see what happens.
“I don’t take it personal. I understand how the game goes, I’ve seen it for 15 years now, and I’ve seen how it works. Just got to have a little patience.”
We’re pleased that Woodson isn’t taking it personal – or at least that’s what he is saying. We expect that Woodson will land somewhere at some time, but you’ve got to believe that time is running out on the 36-year-old.
The question I have is why not the Packers? Woodson obviously knows at this point that his price has got to drop significantly – he’s certainly not worth the $10 million he was set to make with the Packers in 2013. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Packers can get him at their price that they wouldn’t hesitate in brining him back. His presence in the locker room and his efforts on the field are legendary. What he could continue to do for those young Packer defensive backs would be immeasurable.
But aside from wishful thinking, the chance of Ted Thompson pulling the trigger are probably as high as bringing back Brett Favre.
Here’s to Woodson’s perseverance and we hope he finds a home and it happens for him soon.