Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Welcome Back, CWood

A big, hearty return welcome to the one and only Charles Woodson to Oaktown!  I am somewhat surprised and ultimately thrilled that CWood24 was available in the open market and that the rebuilding Raiders were able to secure the services of arguably the best defensive back of the past 15 years. 

Woodson is a winner (NCAA Champ; SB Champ), an inspirational leader on the field and in the locker room, and future hall of famer.  He is an ideal fit as the Raiders Free Safety whereby he can utilize his vast experience, acumen and knowledge in a role that matches up nicely with his fine tuned football instincts. 

I equate CWood to a valuable Swiss Brand Army knife in terms of his elite and versatile football skills.  He brings the full package to include not only his supreme coverage skills but his ability to rush the passer, is a solid tackler in the open field, and his overall playmaking prowess (2nd in INTs with 55; 2nd in INTs for TDs 11). 

I'm excited about how our secondary has been rebuilt with talent and depth this past offseason with the acquisitions of Tracy Porter, Mike Jenkins, CWood, plus 1st round pick DJ Hayden.  The entire Raiders team will benefit from the addition of a proven performer and leader who exudes a winning mentality.  The CWood swagger is back in Silver and Black!