COMMENTARY | We're already three weeks into May, and Charles Woodson is still without a team.
Woodson was a star and an absolute fan favorite when he was in Oakland from 1998-2005, and Raider Nation has made it perfectly clear they want the former Heisman Trophy winner back in town.
After originally saying he wanted to play for a contender, Woodson said he'd be open to play for anyone as long as he was able to get back on the field. This was probably because the money wasn't being thrown at him like he thought it would.
The Raiders won't be a contender this season, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't be a great fit for them.
The Raiders have already improved their secondary in free agency and the draft, but Woodson's veteran leadership, his familiarity with the team and his relationship with general manager Reggie McKenzie make him a perfect fit.
It's not a secret he's at the end of his illustrious career. He even said it himself.
He was drafted by the Raiders, he established himself in the NFL as a Raider, and the fan base would love nothing more than to have him finish his career in silver and black.
Woodson has already met with the Denver Broncos and is scheduled to meet with the Raiders on Tuesday. If signed, Oakland would get one of the best defensive backs in NFL history back in the bay. As a safety or a cornerback, Woodson is an instant difference maker.
He was a huge part of the team the last time it was relevant a decade ago, and deja vu is something that could re-ignite this proud franchise.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported that Oakland and Denver are the two leading candidates to land the three-time Pro Bowler. Although he left Denver with an offer, it's difficult seeing him turn down Oakland's possible deal.
He knows the Raiders are strapped for cash and he's aware they won't be able to give him an expensive deal. He wouldn't visit Oakland unless he was seriously interested.
Woodson isn't the player he once was when he roamed Oakland's secondary 10 years ago, but he's a player who will vastly improve a team whose future looks very bright.
Steven Slivka is a Freelance Writer for the Oakland Raiders. You can follow him on Twitter @stevenslivka.
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