Following the news that the 49ers had signed free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, I got a few questions on Twitter about whether the 49ers would still consider Charles Woodson. My initial thought was that it was highly unlikely. The 49ers are running low on cap space (more on that coming a little later today), they already have a host of safeties and it seems likely that they will considering safety fairly early in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Well, I might have been a bit off base. Vic Tafur, frequent Raiders writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, discussed the potential of a Woodson-Nnamdi reunion back in the Bay Area:
Asomugha wouldn't comment until he signs the deal Wednesday morning, but a source close to him said he is "very excited" and "coming back with a chip on his shoulder."
It's possible that he won't be coming alone. His good friend and former Raiders and Packers safety Charles Woodson is still a free agent after visiting the 49ers last month, and the two would love to play together again.
"It's definitely still in play," the source said.
It's one source, so obviously we'll take it with a grain or two of salt. As we'll break out in a little bit, the 49ers are right at a point where they likely need to find some space to get their rookies signed. Of course, with all the picks involved, it is entirely possible the 49ers deal some picks to next year, thus lowering their potential salary cap commitment.
That being said, I have to think Woodson would be looking at not much more than a veteran minimum deal. If the 49ers were to sign Woodson, it would be just as much of a prove-it deal as the Nnamdi signing. They would be high profile because of the names, but these would be far from the Eagles "dream team" type signings. These are realistically smart moves by the 49ers front office. They hold next to no risk. They might miss out on a player on their back-end of tryout spots, but those are not usually impact type players anyway. The 49ers have moderate upside with guys like Nnamdi and potentially Woodson. I can live with that heading into training camp.