Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Mike Klis, the Broncos weren't outbid by very much in the Charles Woodson sweepstakes.
Woodson took a reported $1.8M base (including a $700K signing bonus), plus $2.5M in incentives, for a max value of $4.3M to return to Oakland. Klis says the Broncos offered a contract with a maximum value of $3.7M, and we already know the base value was more than the $940K minimum.
Was it just about the money for Woodson, as Klis suggests? If it was, the difference may have been more than just the $600K gap in max value. We don't know how much Denver was willing to guarantee, or how easily reached the incentives would have been, versus the ones he got from the Raiders.
Also - and let's not take any of these factors lightly (we've stressed all of them in recent days) - there's the potential to start in Oakland that was likely not available in Denver (as discussed here by Neil Hornsby), a chance to bring his career full circle, and the perk of being closer to his winery.
As much as we'd hoped Woodson would choose Denver, it was never a slam dunk, especially once he left Dove Valley without a contract last week.
We can be upset with his decision, and feel free to claim it was all about the money, as Klis did. If it was, then wouldn't the Broncos have heard from Woodson's agent Carl Poston yesterday? Klis writes that they didn't, so what does that tell you?
But whatever you come up with, the Broncos obviously wanted the player, else they wouldn't have left him a standing (and apparently competitive) offer. It's not that he's old or washed up; the Broncos weren't offering a minimum-salary deal. They simply lost out on this one.
To the Raiders.
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