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Houston (CBS HOUSTON): While the Ed Reed signing has turned out to be a disaster for the Houston Texans this year, Reed was not the only future Hall of Fame safety on the open market this past offseason.

Charles Woodson was also a free agent.  Woodson signed with Oakland Raiders for one year at $1.8M, with another potential $2.5M in incentives, whereas the Texans coughed up nearly $6M for Reed this season, and he’s no longer on the team.

After the Raiders victory over the Texans Sunday afternoon, I asked Woodson if he had discussions with Houston about joining them back in the spring.

“We reached out to them,” Woodson told me, “but…(the Texans were) one of the long list of teams that turned their nose up at me, so nothing came of it.”

The Texans never even considered the idea of signing Charles Woodson.

Now, the Texans had their primary sights set on Ed Reed from the beginning, but isn’t it worth it to do your due diligence and investigate perhaps the one other veteran on  the market who carries a similar future Hall of Fame resume?

Woodson has 56 career interceptions, 32 career forced fumbles, and is tied for the all time record with 13 career defensive touchdowns.  Those numbers aren’t too shabby.  However, according to Woodson, they weren’t enough to get him a return phone call from the Texans.

Hindsight is always 20/20, but to see Ed Reed jettisoned from the Texans already and Charles Woodson ripping the ball out of the hands of Garrett Graham to cause a turnover on Houston’s first possession Sunday, it makes you wonder how much homework was done addressing the needs in the team’s secondary this year.


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