When Charles Woodson left the Oakland Raiders following the 2005 season, it appeared he was already on the downhill side of his NFL career. Injuries had plagued him in his final two seasons and the only defensive player ever to win the Heisman Trophy had seemingly lost a step. And because he was “on the decline,” his original deal with the Packers was seven years for $52 million. Heading into his fifth season in Green Bay, the critics who felt that way have been silenced. Woodson won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award last season and has 28 interceptions in four seasons in Green Bay. He also holds the franchise record with eight defensive touchdowns.
How would he feel about playing for Albert Haynesworth’s $100 million? Just tell him when and where to show up.
Charles Woodson joined 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. with LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes to talk about his time with the Packers, his pick for the surprise team out of the NFC and Haynesworth’s absence from OTAs.
On what it’s like to play for the Green Bay Packers:
“It’s been great. I’ve been here four years now and I couldn’t have asked for a better situation. You know how the talk is about being a free agent and coming to Green Bay. You know how people talk about Green Bay. But until you get here and you play in this city and you play for these fans and you play for this organization, you don’t truly understand what a goldmine and what a gem that it is. They’ve taken care of me.”
On Lambeau Field and the possible addition of 8,000 more seats:
“That’d be great. You’d be able to hear three states over. The great thing about that is that they take suggestions from all the fans. They put out questionnaires and polls and ask fans what they want so that’s the great part about Green Bay, everybody’s involved. For them to add more seats and, as you say, kind of close in that sound and knowing that the stadium is going to be packed every week and getting that crowd noise behind you, that’d be tremendous.”
On whether Aaron Rodgers can take the Packers to the Super Bowl:
“As far as A-Rod is concerned, I told the Monday Night crew last year, I said, ‘If this guy, if they protect him the way he needs to be protected, he’s the best quarterback in the league, and I stand by that. If you look at last season, you take a guy that had over 50 sacks that still threw over 4,000 yards, that’s incredible.”
On the team to look out for in the NFC North:
“There’s so many. I look at one team in our own division that I think is going to surprise a lot of people this year and that’s the Detroit Lions. I think they had a great offseason and the coach they got in there is bringing in a new mentality and they’re building. Minnesota, they’ll be strong again of course. Just our division alone is going to be a dogfight.”
On Albert Haynesworth not showing up for OTAs:
“I think the consensus is that nobody can understand how you can get $100 million and not work on playing whatever system it is. I don’t care 3-4, 4-3, some 5-2, I don’t care. Who in the NFL wouldn’t want $100 million? I’m not a scheme guy. For me, I’m not a scheme guy. It doesn’t matter what scheme I’m in, I’m coming to play football. If a team said, ‘Hey, we want to pay you $100 million and we want to switch to a 3-4, what do you think?’ It doesn’t matter, I’m coming to play.”
On how long he’ll be playing:
“The thing is, barring any injuries that keep me off the field, I could play another five years easily. I can play football. There are a lot of guys who are just corners or just this or just that. I can play football; I can play any position and go anywhere on the field. There’s no limit to what I can do on the field. I can be used until my tank is empty. I could easily give you five more years.”