In order to divert our attention from the downward spiral that is Titus Young’s career, I present to you: “The Lions Need Leadership (also talent) in the Secondary — the Charles Woodson story.”
If you haven’t heard, the Green Bay Packers announced today that they have released veteran safety and Jay Cutler killer, Charles Woodson. I immediately called in a favor to Lions general manager Martin Mayhew.
He didn’t pick up.
So while I’m waiting to hear back from him, let’s discuss the possibilities here. Would the Lions even have a chance at Woodson? And if so, should they take it?
Here’s why they should:
- He’s Charles Woodson.
- The Michigan tie-in is too compelling to ignore.
- Even at 36, he’d still likely be the most talented person in the Lions’ secondary.
- Leadership, leadership, leadership. Something the Lions, if you haven’t noticed, could use a little more of.
Here’s why they shouldn’t:
- He’s 36. Which admittedly means nothing until we actually see his production during the season. But it has declined over the past few years and it likely means he doesn’t have many more in him.
- Past injuries could be a problem. But again, those are intangibles right now. They don’t prove anything until game day.
- They might be able to better in the draft. And overspending for a guy who’s past his prime will not please many fans.
- Woodson’s potential salary might be too big for the Lions to work with.
This is more or less a heart vs. head argument. But I admit I’m overly sentimental and I’m a sucker for a good story. Also, Woodson has been my favorite player (Megatron aside) since his days in Ann Arbor. And if you want the football equivalent of Torii Hunter to the Tigers, well, this is it.
Also, he’s Charles Woodson.
For you skeptics out there, don’t worry. There’s a less than miniscule chance he’ll end up in Detroit. Especially after announcing today that he wants to play for a Super Bowl contender. And as good as we know the Lions can be, I can’t imagine their 4-12 record last season is all that inviting to him.
Nevertheless, my whole heart and the leadership-is-just-as-important half of my head says yes. And that’s enough for me.