The Denver Broncos players and fans have something in common -- they'd like to see Charles Woodson in Denver.
The Broncos failed to land Charles Woodson during his free agent visit to Dove Valley last week, but that hasn't stopped a few notable players from commenting that they'd still like to see the future Hall of Famer be brought into the orange and blue fold. Two of those commenting -- Peyton Manning and Champ Bailey -- are future Hall of Famers themselves.
"We're always looking to add great players," quarterback Peyton Manning said. "That has been pretty evident since the time I've been here that management is always looking to add excellent football players through the draft or via free agency. I had a chance to visit with Charles when he was here last week and certainly, that’d be a great addition to our team.
"I know there is the business side of it that comes into play, but there's no question that any time you can add good football players at any position, I think that's always a good thing."
"I'm all for it," said cornerback Champ Bailey. "I think any team in this league would love to have him."
But the most interesting player to campaign for Woodson in a Broncos uniform is the man who was beaten badly on the football field while wearing one. He's a player who would compete with and play with Woodson should he sign with the Broncos. He's safety Rahim Moore.
"I hope that we get him because I’m all about competition. I never run from it, ever," Moore said. "I mean, Charles Woodson, I grew up watching. So, if they bring him in, I’m going to be excited. I’m going to learn everything that he does and I'm going to compete as if he’s been here since I've been here."
Moore is fascinatingly candid. He enjoyed a phenomenal improvement from 2011 to 2012, but those strides forward were overshadowed by his one stumbling backpedal in the fourth quarter against Baltimore.
Despite the outcry from fans and the constant reminders in the media, Moore hasn't let his mistake bring him down. He's learned from it.
"I've grown up as a man," said Moore. "I'm 23 years old, but I feel like I’m ahead of my time, meaning that I’m growing, I'm learning through this whole process and everything I've been through. So, that's what it's all about."
Woodson is scheduled to visit the Oakland Raiders Tuesday. The Broncos have an open offer to the free agent defensive back. If a welcome environment plays a factor, Woodson can take comfort in knowing that both the fans and his would-be teammates are eager to welcome him in Denver.