As the beginning of the league year rapidly approaches, the New York Giants are preparing to scour the free-agent market for low cost replacements for the valuable free-agents the team will undoubtedly lose on the open market. Given the team's salary cap situation, safety Kenny Phillips (among others) is nearly a lock to sign with another squad.
The Giants are lucky enough to be have the talent to replace from Phillips from within. Stevie Brown, Will Hill and even Terrell Thomas are viable replacements. However, as news breaks that Charles Woodson is slated to be released by the Green Bay Packers, the Giants could have an interest.
First off, it's important to note that Woodson is not a cornerback at this point in his career. If he signs with the Giants, he is going to be utilized as a safety. Even as he enters his 15th season in the NFL, Woodson is still a strong run-support defender that has the ability to play over-the-top of receivers down the field.He's clearly lost a step over the years; but, if healthy, Woodson is still an NFL caliber safety. The Giants would be able to use him in a variety of roles that would improve the defense.
Obviously, the major impediment to Big Blue even flirting with the notion of brining in Woodson is his value on the open market. At almost 37 years of age, he's not going to receive anything longer than a one year contract. However, given his veteran leadership and overall ability, there are going to be teams lining up to sign Woodson on the cheap. In particular, every team in the NFC East could use help at safety.
The Washington Redskins lost both their safeties to injury last season. The entire Philadelphia Eagles' secondary was a train wreck in 2011 and the Cowboys weren't much better. Dallas signed Gerald Sensabaugh to a five year contract extension in 2011 and the team is going to have issues bringing back their own free agents anyway. Dallas may be a long-shot to bring in Woodson. However, given Dan Snyder's history of overpaying for big names and the Eagles recent infatuation with free-agents as well, it would be imprudent to count them out as potential suitors.
For the Giants, Woodson would be a great replacement for Kenny Phillips. It's likely that he's going to cost more than the team can afford to bring him in. With three (four if you include Tyler Sash) potential replacements for Phillips likely to be brought back to training camp in 2013, the team will likely focus their energies on brining back the likes of Will Beatty, Martellus Bennett and Kevin Boothe. However, if there is any money left over, don't be surprised to hear Jerry Reese and Co. inquire about Woodson's services.
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