A more viable option for Woodson is the Bengals. Cincinnati couldn’t find a strong safety to start opposite Reggie Nelson last season and ended up re-signing Chris Crocker. Even though Woodson is 36 years old and isn’t the same player who was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, he would bring a leader from a championship team to a Bengals team that hasn’t won a playoff game since the Bush administration (and I’m talking George H.W. Bush).
Unlike other teams, the Bengals have the salary cap room to make this move. Woodson can match up against tight ends, something that the Bengals struggled with last season. The Bengals has become a more attractive landing spot for free agents after reaching the playoffs the past two seasons.
If your like me, you probably can’t get the images of Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniel running wild on the Bengals in a playoff game decided by just six points. While much of that was due to the ineptitude of Rey Maualuga, having Woodson there would have made it harder for Daniels to get free, and could have been the difference in the Bengals winning their first playoff game in over two decades.
Alas, that was then, and this is now. If Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer believe Woodson is their best option at safety next season, then Mike Brown sohuldn’t waste another minute in getting Woddson’s agent on the phone and getting him signed.
Remember, he was released this offseason, so he’s free to sign with any team prior to the start of free agency.