Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne makes a diving catch against Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson at Lucas Oil Stadium. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Niners shun Charles Woodson - is it time for him to retire?

 

Green Bay Packers safety Charles Woodson during the game against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Lambeau Field. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Nnamdi Asomugha, the former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback who was released this offseason, signed this afternoon and made the San Francisco 49ers one player better – that is if you’re an Asomugha believer and feel he can help replace the loss of the Niners’ Dashon Goldson. The signing also made Charles Woodson an unwanted man.

For those interested Green Bay Packers fans, what does this mean for Woodson – the free agent who a month ago was one of the hottest commodities on the free agent market, but has since dropped off the face of the NFL planet?

Well, it means that the only team to date that had expressed an interest in the veteran cornerback – the 49ers – are officially not interested. And neither is any other NFL team, so it seems.

So, as a free agent twisting in the wind, would the Packers show any interest in bringing Woodson back into the fold?

The short answer is not at $10 million per year and the long answer is that probably not – at any price. The Packers will have the opportunity to continue to shore up its defense through the draft and won’t be looking to bring back a player who was oft-injured and not a big part of their success the past season.

In other words, it’s time to move on.

Woodson had an incredible second half of a career in Green Bay, will most certainly be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and is a strong candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But it seems that even if he does catch on with a team for another run in 2013, his days are numbered.

In fact, at this point, he may be riding the couch well into the start of training camp and possibly even into the start of the season. There may be teams that encounter injuries at some point and may give Woodson a look, but it seems maybe it’s time for him to consider announcing his retirement.

By losing out on a bid to join the Niners, Woodson should start to see the writing on the wall – especially if no other teams come calling – and come calling soon.

Personally, I would like to see him hang ‘em up at a point in his career when he will be seen in a good light. Too many times we see veterans hang on too long and watch as they slowly fade away.

I don’t want to watch a great player like Woodson succumb to the “one more year” syndrome. Let’s hope we don’t have to do so.

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