Wednesday, June 9, 2010
BBAO: Is Woodson angling for new deal?
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson is the NFL's reigning Defensive Player of the Year. He'll turn 34 in October and has three years left on his contract. So is he angling for a new deal, especially in light of reports that New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is doing the same?
That was the implication of a Denver-based FOX report, but Woodson told ESPNMilwaukee.com's Jason Wilde that he hasn't discussed anything with the Packers.
It wouldn't be the first time that a player sought to cash in on late-career success. Woodson will earn $7.5 million this season, but his base salaries decrease in 2011 and 2012, a nod toward the fading likelihood he would be starting at cornerback so late in his career. That might have seemed the case when the deal was struck in 2006, but who knows at this point.
I would consider this a back-burner issue for the Packers right now, but it's one to keep an eye on.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Green Bay officials are looking to shut down a party house across the street from Lambeau Field, according to Scott Williams of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com addresses the high number of interceptions being thrown by Chicago Bears quarterbacks in spring practices. "It would be foolish for any Bears fan to just assume the offense is going to work perfectly under Mike Martz, but give these guys a little time before coming to any drastic, negative conclusions about the direction of the offense."
- Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com addresses the Bears' battle for the nickel position. "Several candidates figure into the mix for the No. 3 corner spot, including Corey Graham, Tim Jennings, D.J. Moore, Woodny Turenne and rookie Joshua Moore. Factoring injuries into the equation, the Bears would ideally need four solid corners heading into the season."
- Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson likely will join quarterback Brett Favre and defensive end Ray Edwards as no-shows at this weekend's minicamp, writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
- Detroit Lions tight end Tony Scheffler had purchased a house near Detroit even before the trade that brought him to the Lions, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News.
- Lions coach Jim Schwartz on his golf game, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press: "In the 18 months I've been the head coach, I think I've played one, two, three, four, five rounds of golf. So the people of Detroit can rest easy knowing I'm not fiddling while Rome is burning."