November 8, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) rushes during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Indianapolis Colts defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL’s top free agent left on the market is no longer unemployed, as the San Diego Chargers have signed veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney to a 2-year contract. The former All-Pro defensive end with the Indianapolis Colts has been named to the Pro Bowl seven times while becoming that franchise’s all-time leader in sacks with 107. Last season, in a new 3-4 system, Freeney was moved to outside linebacker, and posted just five sacks.
Dec 11, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson (21) during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Raiders 46-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
So now who’s the best free agent remaining? Most would argue it’s cornerback/safety Charles Woodson, who continues to try and find a Super Bowl contending club that’s offering a contract he deems worthy of his services. Woodson spent time with the Denver Broncos recently, and even received a contract offer. He’s set to visit the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, according to his agent, Carl Poston, and he also says there is interest from a few other teams. Woodson broke his collarbone last season and is currently 36 years old, far on the wrong side of 30. He made the switch from cornerback to safety and has been productive in that role.
He’ll likely continue to hold out hope that at least a playoff contender, like the Cincinnati Bengals, will decide to offer him a contract around the start of training camp, or even perhaps after camp opens.