5 former Packers who could come out of retirement and still play

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Green Bay Packers, Charles Woodson
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1. Charles Woodson

In 2006, no one wanted Charles Woodson. To many, he was a player who was past his prime and would have to move to safety to be effective. The Packers were one of the only teams that were willing to take a chance on Woodson and the gamble paid off.

At first, Woodson had no desire to play in Green Bay and came to the team out of necessity and not because he wanted to. It wouldn’t be before long that Woodson would fully ingrain himself in all things Green Bay and become a staple of the team and community.

After an injury-filled 2012, the Packers felt it was time to move on. After three more seasons in Oakland, Woodson finally called it a career.

But I feel Woodson could have one more year left in the tank.

Woodson flourished under Dom Capers. 2009 was Woodson’s finest year as a pro and earned him Defensive Player of the Year honors. That season, Woodson primarily played in the slot and made quarterbacks’ lives trouble at every turn.

The team currently still has a hole for a slot corner. Mike Pettine loves to use nickel or dime packages and Woodson would be a perfect fit. Woodson was never afraid to tackle and his last years spent at safety proved he can still help in every aspect of the game.

Besides, it was Woodson’s IQ and football savvy that helped propel him even before he started losing some speed.

I feel Pettine could come up with creative ways to use Woodson form the slot that would take advantage of his smarts. Just imagine teams so focused on the Smiths they lose sight of a blitzing Woodson.