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Charles Woodson not ruling out return in 2016

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While Peyton Manning's body and play appear to be crumbling, Charles Woodson keeps chugging along at age 39.

Every game, all season

Woodson, who had been briefly breathed as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate during his 18th season, won't rule out playing a 19th year at 40 years old.

"I guess I'm already there, pretty much," Woodson said in a conference call with Detroit reporters Wednesday, via ESPN. "Could I see myself going another year? Uhh, I guess I could. I mean, it's right there. It's not like it's five years away so it's right there. So yeah, I could see it.

"Will that happen? I'm not quite sure about that."

Woodson is tied for the lead in the NFL with five interceptions and has been Johnny-on-the-spot in the Raiders' secondary. He doesn't possess his youthful speed -- and often gets burned more than TV announcers point out -- but Woodson remains the most stable point of the Raiders' secondary.

Woodson's ability to play a rover position at his age is remarkable, especially when juxtaposed to Manning -- the man Woodson beat out for the Heisman Trophy all those years ago -- struggling to stay healthy in Denver. After all, this is supposed to be a young man's game:

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