In 2005, 23 teams made the colossal blunder of passing over Aaron Rodgers in the draft. Each of those teams could have had the QB that will, by the end of his career, hold tons of NFL records.
Each of these decisions favored the Packers in grand style. But, the Packers aren’t immune to making painful mistakes of their own.
Case in point…
In 2013, the Packers made the decision to let Woodson go. It was a heart-rending decision from my perspective. Charles had meant so much to the team and was a huge part of the return to the Super Bowl. Still, I found that I really couldn’t disagree with their decision. All the signs suggested it was time to move on.
Woodson’s age was beginning to be a factor. He was moved from the hard hitting bump and run cornerback position to the safety position. His durability was in question. He had broken his collarbone in the Super Bowl and had nagging injuries thereafter. He was always a fighter but these things affected his play.
Really though, I think it was a simple business decision. The Packers offered Woodson a reduced salary to stay with the team which would have put the team in better financial standing. But, Charles knew he still had it in him to play and still thought he was worth more than the Packers were offering.
And… He was right.
This season Sir Charles hasn’t missed a start and he’s currently tied for #3 in the league in interceptions with five. He’s still tearing the ball out of the opponent’s grip, scooping up the fumbles, and returning the ball back to enemy territory.
We sure would love to have Woodson still wearing the green and gold. But, sometimes you gamble and lose.