If money, not winning the Super Bowl, was clearly Charles Woodson's top priority, why would the Broncos want him anyway?
Instead of accepting a one-year offer with the Broncos, who finished as the AFC's No. 1 seed with a 13-3 record last year, the 36-year-old Woodson signed a one-year deal Monday with the lowly Oakland Raiders, who were 4-12.
The Broncos have won back-to-back AFC West titles. The Raiders have not had a winning record since Woodson helped them reach (but not win) the Super Bowl in the 2002 season. Oakland's average record in the past 10 seasons has been an abysmal 5-11.
"There's no freaking way he'd want to go to Oakland," Broncos corner Champ Bailey told 102.3 FM ESPN on Tuesday.
It is hard to believe, Champ, but once again the almighty dollar prevailed. Woodson visited the Broncos at their headquarters last week and the team thought it was a close to an agreement on a one-year deal that with reachable incentives was worth $3.7 million.
But Woodson's agent, Carl Poston, decided to shop around for a better deal and he got one from the Raiders, if not that much better. ESPN reported the maximum value of Woodson's deal is $4.3 million.
Poston did not inform the Broncos of his client's decision to play for the Raiders.
Woodson was drafted by the Raiders with the No. 4 overall pick in the 1998 draft — three spots behind quarterback Peyton Manning, who is now with the Broncos.
Woodson played eight years with the Raiders, then seven with Green Bay, where he helped the Packers win a Super Bowl in the 2010 season. The Raiders train in Napa Valley where Woodson is proprietor of TwentyFour Wines.