The Charles Woodson release
No one is immune to the "new normal" of the NFL. Internet reports have surfaced throughout the day that Charles Woodson will be released. The NFL is a business like any other and when a flat salary cap meets rising salaries, cuts will be made by every team.
First off, my reaction to the news that Woodson will be released is a bit muted. Can't say as though I'm surprised. It's well documented that Woodson's coverage skills have declined and with Casey Hayward and Sam Shields performing well in 2012, the Packers secondary will live on without its leader. Woodson could still make plays and always seemed to be around the ball but when there's no drop off in talent from a rookie to a veteran, the veteran will always be the odd man out. As we said with Donald Driver's retirement: it's a young man's game.
Second, this is just the latest in what will surely be a long line of veterans being released for salary cap purposes. Next up on the chopping block could be Jermichael Finley or A.J. Hawk. But this is something every team must face. In fact, there doesn't appear to be much salary cap growth on the horizon over the next few years so we may see the NFL go back to the early days of the salary cap when no veteran was safe from being cut.
So far this year players like Ahmad Bradshaw, Nick Barnett and Kyle Vanden Bosch have been released. As we get closer to the start of free agency on March 12 (when teams must be under the 2013 cap) there will likely be more activity. For the Packers, Woodson's apparent release is just the start to a restructured roster in 2013.