ALAMEDA – Charles Woodson returned to the Raiders on a 1-year contract. It seemed uncertain the veteran free safety would stay with the team beyond 2013, especially with his illustrious career winding down.
A jump to a championship contender might be in the cards, especially after playing far younger than his 37 years this season. Retirement might also be an option.
On Thursday afternoon, Woodson said he wants to play, and he wants remain a Raider. Woodson is rarely, if ever, available to the local press during the week, but he expressed that sentiment on 95.7 FM.
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“I want to play again,” Woodson said in an interview with John Lund and Greg Papa. “I think this is the only place that I would play. I do plan on coming back and playing for the Raiders. If that didn’t happen, then I think I would have to decide if I want to go somewhere else for another year. If I’m wanted here, I’m coming back.”
Woodson was moved by the outpouring of fan support when he came back to the East Bay last offseason as a free agent. He said it was a factor in his decision to return to the team that drafted him No. 4 overall in 1998.
“I’ve just been enjoying my time back here,” Woodson said. "Regardless of what our record is right now, it’s been great to put on the silver and black and play at the Coliseum. The fans and the love they’ve shown has been great. All I want to do is win and win for the fans.”
Woodson is frustrated with the team’s recent struggles. He isn’t happy with the Raiders 4-9 record or Sunday’s defensive performance where he believes the team “peed down our leg,” but he has hope for the future of the franchise.
“I believe this organization is headed in the right direction,” Woodson said. “I’m happy and proud to be a part of that transition, hopefully going forward as well.”