The Green Bay Packers, like every other team in the NFL, have some tough decisions to make.
Green Bay has to make a call on whether or not to retain defensive back Charles Woodson, whose skills are still viable but diminishing at his advanced age of 36.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Woodson's agent Carl Poston hopes that Woodson is retained by the Packers instead of becoming a cap casualty.
"I guess the Packers have to make a decision," Poston said. "Is having Charles out there worth $11 million a year? I would think so because he's one of the better defensive players. He's not what he was but he's much more valuable than most defensive players, period."
Woodson would be paid a base salary of $6.5 million with bonuses and incentives to follow, bringing his total to the aforementioned $11 million in 2013.
Woodson saw his numbers take a sharp downward turn in 2012, making only 38 tackles and one interception. However, Poston is quick to point out Woodson is more than just his numbers. Per the Journal-Sentinel:
"Charles is a football player," Poston said. "If you wanted Charles to sell popcorn at halftime, he would do it. Moving to safety is just a natural progression of his development, his leadership. He's like a coach on the field. I think that just having him on the field is a major, major asset."
With more pressing needs on the team, it wouldn't be surprising in the least if Woodson is handed his walking papers. After all, the NFL doesn't have much time for an aging player at the end of the line with a big contract number, especially when extensions can be doled out to Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews.
Cutting Woodson would signal a shift for Green Bay, who already has its struggles defensively. If general manager Ted Thompson releases Woodson, he's essentially positioning himself to go into the year with Casey Heyward and Tramon Williams on the corners with Morgan Burnett and M.D. Jennings as the starting safeties.