- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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Three well-regarded former NFC North players made Jeffri Chadiha's list of "seasoned, big-name free agents still sitting on the open market, hoping to find homes." Let's take a look at each:
Cornerback Charles Woodson
Chadiha: "The best Woodson can hope for is a minor role on a team that could use a veteran presence in its secondary. … It's not hard to see Woodson retiring given the way his offseason is going. He has too much pride.
Seifert take: The best chance for Woodson seemed to be the San Francisco 49ers, who went on to sign veteran cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and then draft safety Eric Reid in the first round. Woodson could help an NFL team, but it will have to be one willing to carve out a specialized role in its defensive scheme.
Linebacker Brian Urlacher
Chadiha: "This doesn't look good for Urlacher at this stage. He may have played his last NFL game."
Seifert take: Earlier this offseason, the word around the NFL is that Urlacher would play for the Bears or no one else in 2013. The Bears' final contract offer, one that that didn't guarantee him much beyond the veteran's minimum, suggested that the team who knew him best wasn't very interested. The Minnesota Vikings would be a possibility only if none of their internal candidates, including Erin Henderson, can handle the job.
Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch
Chadiha: "Vanden Bosch essentially made about $20 million with the Lions by being a good guy who could still play. Don't expect him to be so lucky going forward."
Seifert take: Vanden Bosch has always kept himself in shape and hasn't made any announcements. But it wouldn't be a surprise if he retires.