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Thursday, February 3, 2011
Woodson is important reminder to Oakland

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

If the Oakland Raiders need another reminder of the importance of re-signing cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, all they have to do is watch the Super Bowl on Sunday.

One of the reasons the Green Bay Packers will be facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl is the presence of cornerback Charles Woodson. Woodson was the No. 4 overall player drafted by Oakland in 1998.

He was a good Raider. He was defensive rookie of the year and he made All-Pro three straight years because he dealt with several nagging injuries. Woodson departed Oakland for Green Bay as a free agent in 2006. He has enjoyed a career resurgence. Woodson, 34, was named the NFL’s defensive player of the year in 2009.

Oakland knows it lost a fine cornerback. It won’t want to lose another one this offseason.

Asomugha’s contract unexpectedly voided after the 2010 season. Oakland cannot give him the franchise tag. The Raiders have several free agents, but Asomugha is expected to be a top priority. Oakland owner Al Davis has said he hopes to re-sign Asomugha. Davis is extremely proud and it likely doesn’t sit well seeing Woodson get to the stage with another team.

It could become more motivation for the Raiders to keep Asomugha and ensuring if he ever makes it to the Super Bowl, it will be with him wearing the Silver and Black.