After sitting out for part of the season from a broken collarbone, Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson, 36, will enter next season set to make $10 million but there’s questions on whether he’ll renegotiate his contract beforehand or if the team will let him go.
He has one vocal supporter who doesn’t want to see him leave: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
On Wednesday, he said on his weekly radio show, “I know he is under contract and that he is an important part of our football team. I think he adds a lot. He is still playing at a really high level. He’s very intelligent and sets a good example in preparation. He’s always watching film. He did a great job, especially, with guys like Sam Shield and Tramon (Williams), a couple of years back. He kind of took them under his wing. Now Tramon is carrying on that tradition.”
“Having his presence around the locker room really helps, setting an example for the young guys. It helps me out, as far as being the leader.”
The question was then posed whether Rodgers thought Woodson would be willing to take a pay cut to stay with his team.
He responded, “I really don’t like talking for other players. Especially when money is involved. That gets a little dicey. That is something they would have to work out. I have said this before about other players. I don’t think you get better by taking from the whole, taking a core guy. And I think he is a core guy.”
While valuable to the team, is he worth $10 million?
In other news, with a new regime in place at the Cleveland Browns, change is coming and one high-profile possibility is a different quarterback.
On Wednesday when introducing the team’s new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said “it’s premature” to name Brandon Weeden as the team’s starting quarterback next season.
He added via ESPN, “Until we all get together, we get the staff set, we get a chance to sit down and talk through personnel and everybody’s on the same page with those things. You don’t know watching tape necessarily how guys are. Sometimes guys will get out there and they get into the system and maybe it’s a better fit. Maybe you see some things that you didn’t see from tape, whether its game tape or practice tape so you just never know.”
In his first season, Weeden passed for 3,385 yards (57 percent completion), 14 touchdowns and 17 picks. With his 72.6 rating, this landed him as No. 29.
The quarterback will be coached by Turner, who said he is looking forward to working with the player; he added, “I look at things where I know he has to improve and needs to get better to do the things we want him to do, but I think he has a lot of the skill set that we’re looking for. Again, this is early in terms of an evaluation, but he does have a big arm and he can throw the ball up the field.”