Who would have thought that future Hall of Fame defensive back Charles Woodson would have returned to the black hole after departing to the Green Bay Packers. After winning a Super Bowl and defensive player of the year award in Green Bay, many thought Woodson would want to go end his playing career on a Super Bowl caliber roster. When Woodson visited the Denver Broncos this past offseason, fellow future Hall of Famer cornerback Champ Bailey falsely said that there was “no freaking way” Charles Woodson would spurn the Broncos offer to join the Oakland Raiders. However, the lure of coming back home to play in Oakland was too much for Woodson to resist.
While the national media proclaimed that the 2013 Oakland Raiders were going to be one of the worst rosters ever assembled, the Raiders have quietly put together a solid team. If it weren’t for the disgustingly bad offensive line, the Raiders could have a winning record right now. The future of the Raiders lies on the shoulders of quarterback Terrelle Pryor who has the potential to be a game changing player. With a rebuilt offensive line, a new running back, and better rapport with his wide receivers, Pryor could lead the Raiders to the playoffs in future years.
No matter what happens this year, the Raiders are set to make a major splash next season. General manager Reggie McKenzie has cut all bad contracts and has put the Raiders into position to have up to 70 million dollars in cap room next year. Jason Tarver and Dennis Allen have the Raiders defense swarming to the ball this season. Imagine what Allen’s hybrid scheme would look like with a few big time free agent signings?
In order for the Raiders to make some noise they will need to keep their captain Charles Woodson on the team. So far this season, Woodson has been flying (literally against the Jaguars) around the field and making plays. Woodson has brought his old school swagger to the Raiders locker room and he has been a great influence on the young players. There has been no word from Woodson about his future plans but the Raiders must convince him to stay for at least one more year.