Sep 9, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson (21) dives for the loose ball intended for San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker (46) during the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Poll Time: Who Should Play Strong Safety in 2013…Woodson?

Hey BoltFam! As you surely remember, I put two articles out here on boltbeat.com discussing the Bolts´ strong safety situation. Besides left tackle, this position seems to be accompanied by the biggest question mark at this point.

Last year´s starter Atari Bigby was cut days before the 2013 free agency started (he´s still unsigned by the way) and the Chargers´ 2012 third round pick and “hope for the future”, Brandon Taylor, ended the season on injured reserve – just like Bigby. The question here is once again: how can we find a solution for this roster spot for the upcoming season?

Well, I already made a case for the re-signing of Quentin Jammer and installation as strong safety for the San Diego Chargers in 2013. U-T San Diego on the other hand reported that the Bolts´ are planning to move Marcus Gilchrist over to that vacant spot next to Eric Weddle in the last line of the defense.

Well, now another name comes into the mix: the word is out that Charles Woodson changed his mind and not necessarily “needs” to play for a Super Bowl contender anymore; i.e. he is open-minded to jump on a team´s roster which is in “rebuilding stage”. Well, sounds like he´s turning his head south (…SoCal). Does Charles Woodson make sense for the Chargers? Let´s take a quick look at this guy and his history…

Woodson was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the fourth overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. In 2006 he went on to play for the Green Bay Packers and spent the past seven years with the team. He was voted eight times to the Pro Bowl and named seven times to the All-Pro team in his career. Woodson also won the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year award, but he has seen his play decline in recent years. In 2012, the former corner was converted to safety but was limited to just seven games after suffering a broken collarbone in October. The the 36-year old veteran finished the season with 38 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception.

And what´s also important to know about him, is that he was a $11.5 million cap hit for the Green Bay Packers last season. Woodson was owed about $9.5 to $10 million in salary and roster bonuses in 2013, and the Cheeseheads decided he wasn’t worth such a gaudy price tag. So, should the Chargers pull the trigger on the former cornerback and pay him about $10 million for playing strong safety in the Chargers´ secondary in 2013?

Again you´re invited to jump into Tom Telesco´s role and decide:

What should the Bolts´ front office do to fix the strong safety position for the 2013 season?

What should the Bolts´ front office do to fix the strong safety position for the 2013 season?

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  • Cgoodness13

    Use gilchrist in the meantime and run a cover 2 defense. Then once Taylor is back move gilchrist to CB and return to the regular 3-4

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I’m in complete agreement with that. So is TT, thus far.

    • MC Boltman

      Yeah nice option, but I´m also thinking about depth at CB. Wright and Cox are very injury-prone to say the least. Steve Williams is too small-sized to be a huge factor on the outside IMO and I doubt that any of those (UD)FAs are ready to start at CB. We´ll see…TT obviously is going for that Gilchrist option.

  • tubbs45

    MCBoltman reading my damn mind again… Get out of my head, you’re making me think too much for a Friday…

    • MC Boltman

      haha…alright, you can read the piece on Monday again and then decide :)

  • tubbs45

    Woodson, but only on the cheap, but if it is on the cheap GB would take him back.

    • tubbs45

      He played in just seven games last season, 25 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one interception. No bueno…

    • MC Boltman

      I guess so, yeah. Well, currently we got NO cap space left. In June the “Big Lazy” $4 million will be available again – but we´d have to cut some guys if we want really´d want Woodson – I´ve to admit, he very likely would come in “cheaper” than $10 million – but not too much. IMO he isn´t the best option at this point (due to price tag & health concerns).

  • tubbs45

    By the way awesome photo. They look like they just got hit with the shock wave from a nuke!

  • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

    yea… there is no way he would get that much money

  • Bolt fan

    10 mill? R U crazy? I just saw a similar article about this bolts from the blue earlier. Its like you guys always coming out with the same idea as them, but only after they do it first.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Is that right? Better check the time stamp on some of that stuff

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

        Get Em’ Jedi!!!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      May 10… Just posts they did today… Rookie signing… Had that up yesterday… Maxim… Had that 2 days ago… I don’t want to hear that

    • veazy

      you’re welcome to stay in that circle jerk if you don’t enjoy this website.
      Guess what? After doing a google search on Charles Woodson, I see that BR made an article about teams that could sign Woodson 2 hours before BftB. The Chargers were included in that article. If you want to be on a site based on who posts an article first, then you should stay on BR, even though the comment section is full of idiots, douchebag know-it-alls, condescending pricks and trolling assholes.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

        That’s my biggest knock on these characters…especially over on the UT comments section…too many holier than thouZ…..Season ticket holder, jersey buyer, memorabilia collector, NFL Sunday Ticket subscriber, it just don’t matter….WE are fans of one shape or form….Just b/c I can’t have Season TIX (hell, I’m in UTAH) or don’t know stat for stat, doesn’t make me any less of a fan. I’ve been rooting for this team since ’79. I have had my gripes and am very glad to see AJ and NORV gone…..But Bolt fan, I’ll tell u just like I told ol’ George Sharp on the UT comments section….”Go eat a back of D!cK$”.
        Win Lose or CHOKE, this is the team I will root 4 til I’m 6 feet deep….Go Chargers!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Don’t let the door hit ya in the a** /butt. Buh bye!

    • tubbs45

      Yes we should talk about anything that’s been reported else where… Even if you spin in different than the others reporting on it…discussion and polling are so overrated. Hey by the way the question was asked on this site Way before the BFTB wrote their article… See the Jammer article discussion from earlier in the week you tool.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      BORING… no knock on BFTB, but the writers on here aren’t trolling their articles. And, judging by your grammar, you probably get eaten alive, or simply ignored on that site. They treat trolls like you REAL special, if you know what I mean ; )

      Bolt Fan? So friggin clever btw.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      I am sure no one means to give ya crap., But it’s like this. These people work for free.. write the articles so that, we Bolt fans, can talk about it, argue about it, fight with one another, and just plain have a venue to stay connected to the Chargers. So be nice, or take a hike. They are too nice to do otherwise.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

        Yeah they do…put your foot in your mouth some more pal…..Taste it….Taste it….

    • Rob Base

      You don’t like the site then kick rocks! Ernie is on it! Hands down this is the best Bolts site around!

    • Dion Chin

      Gtfo.

    • MC Boltman

      Dude – it was just reported by a source – not your favorite fan site – that Woodson considers to play for a team which is in “rebuilding stage”. Don´t you think that this is stuff to write about? And why should this right be limited to just one fan site? And I don´t have the numbers from your favorite fan site, I got them from spotrac.com – U think BFTB creates numbers? He was a $11.5 million cap hit last year and would´ve been a $9.5 – $10 million cap hit this year…thats why I´m talking about $10 million (he would come in cheaper tho).
      And I got the idea to make this poll, as someone asked me in the comments section on MY ARTICLE here on boltbeat about Quentin Jammer, if I´d prefer Woodson over Jammer.

      Nice try “Bolt fan”.

    • Hank Drebin

      HAHAHA…this “Bolt fan” guy thinks fan sites create stories – they react to them, jerk! hahahaha

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    I do think Woodson would work for less. This is what it is about. GB might re-sign Woodson, but get him to take less money.

  • Dion Chin

    My first option would be to sign Woodson, but that’s in my own dream world. I really hope Addae comes out to play cause he is so raw and has so much talent.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      I would love it deep down. Woodson on the Chargers. But honestly? He’s a Packer forever. It probably is killing him also. But he did say, all he wants to do is play football.

      • MC Boltman

        Well, the Oakland Raiders could be an option too…he´s been with the team even longer than with the Packers – 8 years. We´ll see – as you know I´m for the cheap, but solid option: Quentin Jammer for 2013

        • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

          You are right. He was with the Raiders. Maybe. I voted for Jammer to be re-signed.

  • [email protected]

    Great article! I would take woodson if he came cheaper then 10 million like people are saying theres no way he shuld command that much for only playing 7 games but idk im excited either way lol but like I said great article loved it I like the polls also it makes things interesting

    • MC Boltman

      Thanx very much! Yeah, he probably would come in cheaper…but not much – at least not for us! If a Super Bowl contender offers him the same amount of money as we´d do…where do you think he´d be going. So, if we really want him, I think we´d have to pay him some big-time money. Thanx for coming by.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Woodson has been on the market too long to be worth ten mil. He will be considerably less expensive than that.

  • Ioane

    Woodson would be an awesome signing, but only if it was for the Vet minimum. He shouldn’t be expecting big money at this point in his career.

    CAN SOMEONE PLEASE WRITE AN ARTICLE ABOUT HOW OUR OFFENSIVE LINE IS SHAPING UP TO BE MORE OF A RUN LINE??

    FLUKER, CLARY, TROUTMAN ARE ALL BUILT TO OPEN UP LANES. SAME GOES FOR RHINEHART AND OHRENBURGER?? is that his name?

  • Ioane

    If not Woodson, than what about Rhodes?

  • RabbiDan Bortz

    Who’s our starting 2nd CB if Gilchrist moves to Safety? Sharece Wright?!?

    • MC Boltman

      Yep…thats exactly my concern…not that Wright is the starter, I think he can do well next season, but if he or Cox go down…then who´s really there to start? And both of them – Wright & Cox – missed games last season due to injuries. That´s why I´m for the re-signing of Jammer as SS and for Gilchrist as outside CB.