Dec 27, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson at press conference at Oakland Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Woodson wants to play beyond 2014

At 38 years old, Charles Woodson is in the nursing home phase of his NFL career compared with most of his teammates on the Oakland Raiders.

The former Heisman-trophy winning defensive back returned to the only team he had any interest in playing for, but don’t think any of that prevents Woodson from thinking about football beyond 2014.

Woodson spoke with CSN Bay Area on that issue.

“You look at what [the Raiders have] done here and you see the draft they’ve had – we’re going to be a good team. If that means playing this year and beyond, I’ll be open to it.”

It was an interesting take by the guy whose career seems to have lasted forever by this point. Woodson was a wizened old man on the last Green Bay Packers Super Bowl team and now years later, he’s still leading the charge for a younger Raiders team. Obviously the move to free safety has helped breathed life into Woodson’s career. At cornerback, he would probably be limited, but at safety a man can make a nice career even in his later years.

See: Troy Vincent and plenty of other corners who have made similar moves.

And if the team doesn’t meet those goals, will Woodson still be interested in toiling for a full season on a Raider team that has been an annual disappointment? Well, it seems like all it would take is a small glimmer of hope to get him back in black and silver. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see how Woodson and the Raiders fare in 2014.

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