ALAMEDA -- Charles Woodson was more than willing to be sitting at the head table as long as he wasn't the center of attention.

Nnamdi Asomugha, one seat to Woodson's left, retired from football Friday at a press conference at an auditorium at the club facility. There will be no upcoming ceremony for Woodson.

"Sitting up there with him, you know that day is coming," Woodson told this newspaper. "When he said it was hard for him to say the 'retirement' word, I know I'm going to feel the same way. But mentally, I'm not there yet."

At age 37, Woodson is five years older than Asomugha. His team has lost five straight games going into Sunday's regular-season finale against the Denver Broncos at O.co Coliseum.

Woodson has played out the string on Raiders teams before, in fact losing the last six games of the season in 2005 under Norv Turner and eventually signing with the Green Bay Packers in free agency.

That season, Woodson missed the last 10 games of the season with a broken leg. In 2013, the Raiders haven't been able to drag Woodson off the field. He's missed only two practices all season, took a day off only when ordered in training camp and has played the second-most snaps on defense behind middle linebacker Nick Roach.

Woodson got few nibbles in free agency after being released by the Packers before signing a one-year deal with the Raiders, in part because of whispers that he was finished.


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"I think it shows a lot of people don't know what they're talking about as far as my health and my legs," Woodson said. "I know all the talk was, 'His legs aren't going to hold up.' He can't run anymore. I had the broken collarbone twice, but collarbones heal.

"As far as going out there and doing everything I've normally done, I can do all those things. That's why I want to come back and play another one."

Raiders coach Dennis Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver have said Woodson has been everything they hoped he would be and more both on the field and as an example of professionalism for younger players.

Statistically, Woodson unofficially has 116 tackles, a career-high, and an NFL-record tying 13th touchdown on a 25-yard fumble return against San Diego on Oct. 16. He has just one interception, the 56th of his career, coming in the same game.

Woodson concedes there were more plays to be made but said he is playing a true free safety position for the first time in his career, rarely playing in the slot or in the box.

"Just look at the other free safeties in the league and ask if I compare," Woodson said, leaving no doubt that he believes he does.

Woodson is vocal in his support of McKenzie and Allen.

"Looking at the circumstances, you look at what they've done trying to get into a position where they're able to bring in more pieces, have more cap spaces, those things," Woodson said. "You think you'd give guys a chance to bring in more pieces they need to get it done."

Having signed a one-year contract worth $4.3 million, Woodson is lobbying for another deal.

"I've made mention of it," Woodson said. "I've told you guys in the media and brushed up against Reggie and let him know. So we're just going to see what happens."

  • Fullback Marcel Reece was voted to the Pro Bowl, the lone Raider so honored. Reece was an alternate last season but ended up the only Raider in the Pro Bowl because Baltimore fullback Vonta Leach was playing in the Super Bowl.

  • Matt McGloin, who was benched in favor of Terrelle Pryor after six starts, said he was disappointed but on board with Allen's decision.

    "I thought I did some good things, but I did some bad things as well and that's the tough part," McGloin said. "Something I'm having a tough time dealing with is not being consistent. But I've learned a lot and this is going to be a great offseason for me."

  • Starting cornerbacks Mike Jenkins (hamstring) and Tracy Porter (hip flexor) are questionable, leaving Chimdi Chekwa and Phillip Adams as potential starters against Peyton Manning if both can't play. Chekwa is the first man up if either starter doesn't play.

  • In a 30-minute ceremony, Asomugha announced his retirement and said he regretted not ever being able to thank Al Davis personally for drafting him in the first round of the 2003 draft and convincing him to switch from safety to cornerback.

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    SUNDAY'S GAME

    Denver (12-3) at Raiders (4-11), 1:25 p.m. CBS