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Report: LeRoy Butler expects Charles Woodson Back with the Packers

Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler likes to talk – and tweet – something he did Monday where he claimed that Charles Woodson would be brought back to the team after the draft.

Here’s what Butler said:

Packers would like Woodson back, after the draft, to make sure they can make a fair offer, 4 teams are also interested

The story posted today by former writer Jason Hirschhorn brought to light the tweet, while arguing convincingly how such a statement just can’t be true.

Our friend Hirschhorn argues that the Packers simply wouldn’t have an interest in Woodson for a number of reasons:

Don’t expect Ted Thompson to consider bringing Charles Woodson back after the draft. Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

• If the Packers really wanted him, they would have attempted to get him to sign a restructured deal that would have kept him in Green Bay for the rest of his career;

• Packers GM Ted Thompson doesn’t make it a habit of keeping or adding older, injured players to his roster – and paying them millions to be on the roster to boot; and

• The only team since the start of free agency that has expressed interest was the San Francisco 49ers, who recently signed Nnamdi Asomugha, thus ending any apparent interest in Woodson’s services.

As much as we all like Woodson as a football player, we could see the writing on the wall last season. After breaking the same collarbone he broke in the Super Bowl two seasons earlier, Woodson was slated to get back on the field the first week of December, but it wasn’t until the playoffs that Woodson fully made it back.

Clearly, the Packers were pleased with the play of their younger defensive backs and weren’t rushing to get Woodson back on the field.

Charles Woodson had some good days with the Green Bay Packers, but they are over.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

It was less than a month later that the Packers cut Woodson loose. While Sir Charles would say the Packers didn’t call to offer a proposal to restructure a deal, the fact of the matter is that he’s a cornerback on an island and his name isn’t Derrelle Revis.

Ted Thompson is moving forward – have we heard that before? The real moment of truth could come in the draft. Should Thompson select a safety in the draft, expect all talk about Woodson coming back to die out completely. While the temptation to bring Woodson back at a bargain basement price might be considered, that notion, too, will die.

Woodson is a Hall of Famer. He has more pride than to accept a deal like that and despite what Butler likes to tweet, I just don’t see it happening … I don’t think our friend Mr. Hirschhorn would either.

Yes, Ted, it’s time to move on. Don’t listen to LeRoy Butler.

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  • James Katorski

    No one can argue with the numbers. Take a look at the backfields production during the times Woodson was playing or not playing. The stats go up into the stronger when he’s on the field. It’s clear and simple those around him get motivated through Woodson, even if he’s a half-step slower these days, his “presence” alone shows the team plays much better with him out there. That’s why I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read they were not interested in him any more. But wait, doesn’t the baggage that goes along with the “production” of the “D” include a “big mouth”. In the case of Woodson, as a motivator to his teammates, but with that is a risk ffound with others who were just great players, like Favre, who also spoke his thoughts allot, which can make for “getting under the nerves” of his superior team staff people, like Ted Thompson, who then is inclined to “cut” people, as was the case of Favre. We all know there was plenty of “other factors” with him, and I suspect the same kind of thing was going on with Woodson, as an outspoken person, was going on with something that struck a nerve with T.T.. Maybe the future will tell what it was all about, as in the Favre case, when it was reviled that many other phone calls were on that were out of character for personell standards the team tries to hold. I don’t like to think Woodson had that going on, but something surely happened other than money costing the team, or they could be set to bring Woodson back, just as planned if no interest on the market gets done. That would be a great break for the team, almost on scale with getting Reggie back in the days.