With the Raiders being a team that’s going through a massive rebuilding, not many people would voluntarily say that the Raiders are a team “on the up”; Charles Woodson is not one of those people. After signing a one year deal with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, Woodson gives more details to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com as to why he ended up going back to the team that drafted him with the fourth pick in the 1998 NFL draft.
Woodson on why he choose to return to the silver and black;
At that point I had to figure out what I wanted to do, and playing football was what I wanted to do so it was going to be somewhere, if it was a team that wasn’t quite there but still is a team that is looking on the up, then I was going to do it. And I feel that the Raiders are a team that are looking on the up.
Woodson also reacted to the mob of Raiders fans that showed up in support of him.
I think I was actually scared of leaving the facility and not having a deal done,” Woodson joked Wednesday, according to Bay Area News Group. “I don’t know if I would have made it out of there. But that was a big deal, and receiving that kind of welcome, it definitely put me in a mindset that it would be a good decision to make it happen.”
Raiders fans must be ecstatic. It is not very often that a future hall of famer leaves a team and then returns to them. There is no doubt that if he stays healthy, Woodson can have a great impact in that secondary.
However, there is a reason Woodson only received a one year deal. It is clear that Woodson is not “on the up”.