Raiders S Charles Woodson talks of his team’s free agent class and the `crazy’ vibe going on in the building


Raiders safety Charles Woodson talked with a few reporters Saturday night in a brief interview before a dinner honoring him as the winner of the club’s Commitment to Excellence award. Woodson talked about the new free agent class, missing out on Ndamukong Suh and his optimism regarding the Raiders future. A transcription:

Q: Free agents said you have been on the recruiting trail, helping bring some guys in?

Woodson: I met a few of the guys over at the Raiders facility. I think when I got to them most of them were just about signed. Just welcomed them to the Raiders, but I think we got some quality guys that are coming to help us. Just want to congratulate them coming over to the Raiders. Looking forward to the future.

Q: Such a dramatic overhaul to the coaching staff, the guy you lobbied for came back, a couple of quality control guys, other than that all different. Haven’t played for any of them yet, but what kind of vibe are you getting? The free agents seem pretty fired up . . .

Woodson: From what I’ve seen so far, the vibe is crazy right now. A lot of positive energy coming from everybody in there. The great part about it is you have a lot of ex-players, so I think that energy is kind of innately there, because you have a lot of fiery guys, a lot of guys that have played in the NFL at a high level so they have that natural energy. So it’s been. It’s been great to talk to ’em and kind of see their vision. I think it’s going to be a great year for us.

Q: You think you could be good, like, right now?

Woodson: For me, man, I don’t see it any other way. I don’t look at it any other way. It doesn’t matter where I’ve been or what it looks like. Any season I’ve gone to I’m looking at winning the Super Bowl. I feel good about the direction. I do feel good about where things have gone so far in free agency and also with the coaches. I think the season is going to be a lot of fun.

Q: Last year you played kind of a waiting game, weren’t sure if they wanted you back, this year they moved quick. You were back right away, was that something that was told to you before end of the season?

Woodson: It wasn’t told to me before then, but that was something that was stressed. I didn’t want to wait around. If we were going to do it, get it done now, and then I would know. So we got it done quickly and I’m happy about that. I think it says a lot about how I went out there this year and played the game, for them to want me back, to get it done quickly. So I’m proud of that.

Q: Excited about Ken and Jack about defense and scheme are you excited? Nate Allen talked about playing fast . . keep it simple, play fast . . .is that how you expect it to go?

Woodson: I think so. I think that’s going to be the key to bringing in a lot of different faces is keeping things faces and seeing things and not worrying about too much. You can go out there and play football because the game is not going to be moving too fast for you. Not trying to worry about what the other team is going to do, just worrying about what you’re going out there to do because you’ve practiced whatever it is over and over and over again. If you can go out there and do that, you’ll be fine.

Q: Fan base looks from the outside and says, we didn’t get Suh, we didn’t get Murray, and it seems like there’s decent part and spent a lot of money, but not the big splash names. Fromw hat you see, are you OK with what you’re bringing in?

Woodson: Yeah, I mean. There’s no question that Suh would have been huge. He would have been huge. He would have been a great addition to the team. But at the same time, if you don’t get a Suh, you can get three or four other players to make up for it. And what that does is build depth. So you bring in guys that are possibly starters, that will compete for a starting job, and then we’ve still got money to get three or four other guys. Then you’ve got the draft coming up. So you have the potential to build the team the way you want to. Just because you didn’t get the one guy, we’ll have the opportunity to build this team the right way and that’s what Reggie’s looking at.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • marks hair


  • why not wait until the cap floor penalty is actually on the Raids door step, at this juncture it is a waste of energy and time.

    worst case scenario the Raids write some Christmas bonus checks,,

  • DJ Johnny

    Tight end we seem to be ok with Rivera and Leonhardt. Capable at least. Running back? L. Murray and Helu seem pretty good. DE and CB are needs as is WR.

  • Dan78

    Isn’t Matt Barkley available… fits Reggie’s criteria….

  • JLofty

    yeah that specific language is not avail to you and I. The dates could do that.
    I can’t find the BR article, was it recent or old?

  • and Mack was going to be off the board when the Raids picked last year,
    opinion, and mine is that one or the other will be available.

  • shlt canned mid-season? Yea that’s a good example of not letting go,,,

  • Gdog

    Three weeks ago maybe? It had to do with both us and Jax…

  • really? good for him, as a QB or a TE?

  • BigBenRexor

    mid 3rd season, even though one was enough.

  • Raidman

    Josh Dubow ‏@JoshDubowAP 5m5 minutes ago
    #Raiders spent $14.5M, a 5th and 6th rd pick to get 1 start, 44 passes, 1 TD, 3 INTs, 2 pick 6s, 11 games of holding out of Flynn, Schaub

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Use Schaub’s dollars to resign Wisniewski.
    Reggie needs to show that he is willing to resign Raiders.
    Our OLine would elite with Wisniewski at guard; especially the interior.
    Penn Wiz/Gabe Hudson Gabe/Wiz Howard/Watson
    we would probably get at least a 4th for Watson in a trade; but I would hope we retain him at this point; remembering he now has two years NFL experience; this season with Tice as OLine coach

  • JLofty

    The reason is its a moving average. Tough to bump a 4yr average in one year. Before 2015 we were avg .82. Thus needing a .95 for remaining two years.
    Plus the $$$ just goes to the NFLPA to dispurse to players from 13 and 14. So you paying for players who either are no longer on the roster but certainly aren’t helping you win games going forward…
    I’d rather pay someone NOW to play in 2015 then pay Darrell Blackstock and co. MORE for their no longer in the NFL retirement…

  • Dan78

    WR in waiting…

  • SilverandBlack760

    I don’t think that Wiz wants to come back

  • JLofty

    I’ll comb the archives. Didn’t pop in a few google searches….

  • Al_is_theraiders

    reggie on Dennis Allen:

    McKenzie: I think, from a standpoint of big picture, he gets it. He’s always a step ahead, which is good. I like the way the players are responding. And his assistant coaches. He’s all over that defense, which I like. That’s good. He’s talking to the offense, too, he’s not just all defense, but he’s acting like a real head coach. You can’t tell he hasn’t been a head coach before.

  • BigBenRexor


  • BigBenRexor


  • BigBenRexor

    Austin Howard

  • DutchRaid

    Signed as a QB…according to the reports I saw.

  • Michael

    A 4th? Highly doubt that man. He is a project player who gets hurt. And hasn’t shown flashes of being dominant when healthy. I don’t see us able to get more than what mike Wallace and Brandon Marshall are fetching

  • RAY NJ

    A 4th for Watson? I wouldn’t give you a 4 iron. I’d take a 4th in a heartbeat.

  • you are naming people that Weg moved on from, you should add Wiz to the list then.

  • RAY NJ

    Should be somewhere around Turkey by now.

  • AlDavisJr

    New post—

  • RaiderDAV

    LOL wow he really did say that Huh? oh Mumbles

  • Gdog

    Even if BR is right, and Reggie wants to pay Carr and Mack the money, wouldn’t it make more sense to pay OTHER players the money to help them?

    The dysfunction has no bottom…

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    TE: Rivera, Smith with Kasa, Leonhardt, and Simonsen in reserve = we’re okay
    RB: Murray, Reece, Helu, Atkinson III, Olawalie = we’re okay
    CB: Hayden, Carrie, McGill, Thorpe = more than okay
    WR is a need as we do not have a #1, our two best WRs – Streater coming off a foot injury-status unknown & Jones has great hands yet is a step slower
    DE is a major need as Tuck is our best and he is good, with his age though he is becoming for of a run stopping DE than a pass rushing DE, Harris is our wild card – could be excellent could be nothing more than a 7th round draft pick
    G we are solid at with Gabe, yet empty with the other position that is easily fixable with a solid signing

  • you’d rather he said, wow this DA dude is a slug, I can’t believe I made this rookie GM mistake, and can’t wait to fire him.

    which is basically how it played out.

  • Dan78

    New Pop Tarts…..

  • Stigmatized

    Can you imagine Sanchez and Tebow standing next to each other on sidelines again? It went so well in NY didn’t it? Methinks Chip might be a disaster waiting to happen.

  • MuthaFknZeus

    Is this guy serious?

  • Raider O

    Not sure how they calculated it, but Miami spent a lot too.

  • Heck Legler

    All our Qbs are named Matt. Matt Flynn, Matt Schaub, McG, Matt Carr and now Matt Ponder. Eh, way to suck the fun out of it.

  • DKnight007

    Preston Smith, Mack, Tuck, Sio, A Smith..Malowa

  • DKnight007

    It’s a mock…not a prediction,

  • DKnight007

    1. White or Cooper or trade down
    2. DE Orchard
    3. OG Marpet
    4. RB J Allen
    5. WR Harper

  • tuckrulefool

    And they would wait that long if they really thought he was a franchise qb
    2x LOL

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  • tuckrulefool

    I love my 4 iron. Fvck that noise.

  • FourMoreYears

    Well, they did, and they were right, sooooo…

  • funnyfalcon

    Too bad the players knew Dennis Allen was just acting. I have trouble believing that guy could motivate even a peewee football team. Turrible…

  • michael

    Nobody wants to play on a dirt surface. Would you? It time to upgrade. I have been there too.

  • michael

    Need a new stadium. Free agents see us as a stepchild.