For the first time in eight seasons, the Packers faithful will no longer be able to call Charles Woodson one of their own. After a season where Woodson missed most of the games with a broken collarbone, the Packers made the decision to release the 36 year old future hall of famer, with the intention on saving cap space to re-sign younger stars such as Clay Matthews and BJ Raji. While Woodson’s departure may make sense from a game play standpoint, the veteran’s presence will surely be missed.
Woodson now turns to free agency, and he says he has some good football left in him. The Packers, meanwhile, must find another stalwart cornerback to replace his production and consistent big play ability. The Packers could turn to a backup cornerback, or could find someone in free agency (someone such as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) or draft a cornerback in this year’s upcoming draft in April. Whatever the solution, I hope to see Woodson keep playing, and I know that Packers fans will miss him this year.