Davis on Woodson signing: 'Once a Raider, always a Raider'

Davis on Woodson signing: 'Once a Raider, always a Raider'
May 22, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Mark Davis: "I guess it goes back to once a Raider, always a Raider. He wants to put the Silver and Black back on. It's exciting." (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Raiders owner Mark Davis was in Boston Tuesday, where he was among the owners to vote for the 49ers to play host to Super Bowl L. But he could still feel the excitement his team's fans were exhibiting some 3,000 miles away in the wake of Oakland signing Charles Woodson to bring the free agent defensive back back after seven seasons in Green Bay.

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"I'm excited about it," he told CSNCalifornia.com on Wednesday from Boston. "Obviously, so are the fans. They reached out…as only the Raider Nation can. That was pretty cool."

Davis was referring to the estimated 200 fans showing up to the team facility in Alameda on Tuesday to welcome Woodson "home" for his visit with the team, a visit that ended with Woodson signing a reported one-year deal with a "max value" of $4.3 million and a base salary of $1.8 million.

So what can Woodson provide to a rebuilding club that last had a winning season in 2002, Woodson's fifth NFL season?

"Talking with Reggie (McKenzie), you know (D.J.) Hayden being such a young corner, Charles can help him get ready for what it means to be an NFL corner," Davis said. "And really, Charles can still play football."

Woodson, who turns 37 on Oct. 7, is in a remarkably similar situation as Rod Woodson was in 2002. The elder Woodson was 37 and on his way to Canton when he signed with the Raiders and played free safety and solidified the Raiders secondary in their Super Bowl run.

"I would say there are some similarities," Davis said. "You're talking about two absolutely fantastic players."

From a personal perspective, Woodson returning to his roots after visiting the 49ers and Denver Broncos, who reportedly also offered him a contract, and drawing interest from the likes of the New York Giants and Carolina Panthers, Woodson's choice was an easy one to figure.

"I guess it goes back to once a Raider, always a Raider," Davis said. "He wants to put the Silver and Black back on. It's exciting."

Davis also said he voted for San Francisco to play host to the Super Bowl, but joked he had a caveat.

"That we get to play in it," he said.

"It's going to be a helluva thing for the Bay Area."

And, less than two weeks after Amy Trask resigned, Davis insisted the Raiders' search for a new stadium in the Bay Area remained on track. Trask essentially ran point on the Bay Area search.

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"That's the No. 1 thing," he said. "We have to get a stadium."

Davis said that he and the likes of finance officer Marc Badain sat in on those meetings with Trask and are up to speed on the process.