Woodson: 49ers are 'pretty much out the door'

Woodson: 49ers are 'pretty much out the door'
May 10, 2013, 7:00 am
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Charles Woodson thinks his age (36) and shoulder injury have contributed to the lack of interest for his services. (AP)

Safety Charles Woodson, a veteran free agent, no longer views the 49ers as an option.

Since Woodson visited the 49ers on March 13 -- a month after the Green Bay Packers released him -- the club signed former St. Louis Rams safety Craig Dahl to a three-year, $5.25 million contract on March 16 and traded up 13 spots in the first round to select LSU safety Eric Reid.

Meanwhile, Woodson remains a free agent and has attracted very little attention and no contract offers.

"Everyone knows I still want to play," Woodson said Thursday on a podcast with the NFL Network's Rich Eisen. "We really haven't heard from anyone at this point, really, much after visiting San Francisco. I left there and then they ended up signing another safety, a guy from St. Louis. And they got the young kid in the draft. So that's pretty much out the door."

A week before the draft, the 49ers publicly kept the door open for Woodson. But general manager Trent Baalke made it clear the 49ers' interest was contingent on whether the 49ers were able to select a top safety in the draft.

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"That's something we're going to continue to look at, and we'll see how the draft goes and everything else, but Charles is someone we're certainly still interested in," Baalke said on April 17.

The 49ers had Reid ranked as the No. 1 safety on their draft board, coach Jim Harbaugh said. The New Orleans Saints selected Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro at No. 15, and the 49ers grabbed Reid with the 18th overall pick after a trade with the Dallas Cowboys. Pro Bowl strong safety Donte Whitner enters the final year of his original three-year contract with the 49ers.

"I think being 36, for one, hurt my shoulder again last year and missing 10 games, that plays into it," Woodson said. "But at the same time, why a team wouldn't want me on their roster, that I don't know. I chalk it up to being 36 and hurting my shoulder again."

Woodson is an eight-time Pro Bowl player who played his first eight NFL seasons with the Raiders before seven years with the Packers. He missed nine games last season with a broken collarbone after moving from cornerback to safety.