ALAMEDA -- Charles Woodson has not yet rejoined the Raiders. Even though he is scheduled to visit the team facility Tuesday, there remains a decent chance he will not return to his first NFL home.

But there are far too many reasons to dismiss the possibility.

For one, Woodson has been telling friends and associates of his fondness for an area with which he is familiar, having spent the formative years of his career in Oakland. The Raiders definitely are on his radar.

For two, the Raiders are making a sincere and concerted effort to persuade the veteran defensive back to return to the team that drafted him fourth overall in 1998.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson reacts after sacking Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov.
Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson reacts after sacking Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

For three, one of Woodson's favorite business interests, TwentyFour Wines, is located in the Napa Valley, down the road from Raiders training camp and a short drive from Oakland.

For four, Woodson knows he will feel an outpouring of love from Raiders fans. There is a grass-roots movement encouraging fans to greet him upon arrival Tuesday.

For five, he'd be joining a team with a defensive-oriented head coach, Dennis Allen, and a general manager, Reggie McKenzie, he knows and trusts from their six years together in Green Bay.

For six, Woodson is 36 and surely has an eye on life after football. Though Woodson still has something left, he wouldn't be joining a Raiders team close to a Super Bowl but a franchise with an acute need for his best attributes, most of which are related to leadership.


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The seventh and perhaps most significant reason to consider Woodson's return is his unpredictability. He's very intelligent, highly opinionated and fiercely independent. After 15 years in the NFL, including a previous dance with free agency, he also has a strong sense of self and a full understanding of how league business works.

Woodson visited the 49ers in March, and last week took a spin with the Denver Broncos. The New York Giants reportedly are interested.

The Raiders are more than interested. It was McKenzie who extended the invitation, and Allen on Monday repeated the team's desire.

Would it be a good move for the Raiders? No question. They would add a charismatic leader who can play some and teach a lot, perhaps helping Woodson decide whether he cares to stay in the game after retirement.

Whether it would be a good move for Woodson, already a Hall of Famer, depends on his priorities.

If he wants to join a contender in hopes of winning another ring, the answer is a clear, resounding no.

If it's for anything other than that, and the money is right, the answer is ... why not?

Contact Monte Poole at mpoole@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/1montepoole.