Can Packers really consider an extension for Charles Woodson?

There are plenty of times when Denver-based Josina Anderson of Fox has been spot on with NFL news, so it’s impossible to dismiss a report that the Green Bay Packers and veteran cornerback Charles Woodson are in talks for a new contract.

But what would motivate the Packers to sign Woodson, the 2009 NFL defensive player of the year, to a new contract escapes us. Woodson picked up a $52 million, seven-year extension back in 2006 and that deal carries him through 2012 – or three more seasons. Sure, it’s a good bet that Woodson would like a new deal – who wouldn’t – but he will turn 34 in October and he is due to earn $7.5 million this season.

That’s good money and the Packers have already paid him in a big way. With Al Harris working to recover from an injury on the other side, Green Bay needs to focus its efforts on finding younger corners, not looking for ways to pay Woodson beyond 2012. Has he outperformed his contract? He’s barely past the halfway mark of a seven-year extension. It would seem to us that giving new money to Woodson would fly in the face of Ted Thompson’s business model. But then again, you never know.

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