Charles Woodson just wants to play

Free-agent safety Charles Woodson said he is open to playing under any circumstances at this point.

“When this process first started out, that was my thing, I needed to go to a contender,” Woodson told the NFL Network. “I know I am towards the end of my career. At this point, I want to play football. So if it is a rebuilding stage, at this point if that is the circumstances I have to play under, then that is what I am going to do.”

That could be of interest in Oakland, where Woodson started his career. The Raiders could use help at safety and the 36-year-old Woodson knows general manager Reggie McKenzie when he played for him in Green Bay.

While the Raiders have been filling their roster with younger players they did re-sign 33-year-old Andre Carter, so the team is open to acquiring veterans in the right spot.

In other AFC West notes:

U-T San Diego reports that the San Diego Chargers are expected to sign third-round pick, receiver Keenan Allen and seventh-round pick, quarterback Brad Sorensen, as soon as Thursday.

All four teams in the AFC West will have a rookie minicamp this weekend. Rookie contracts now take little time to negotiate under the guidelines of the new collective bargaining agreement. While none of the draft picks in the division have signed, I think we’ll see several rookies under contract soon.

Here’s a hint that the Raiders have no interest in bringing back Richard Seymour: his No. 92 jersey was given to a rookie.

CBS Sports reports Cleveland free agent receiver/returner Josh Cribbs will visit Detroit next. He visited Oakland, the Jets and Giants this week.

In an Insider piece, Chris Sprow explains why he thinksInsider quarterback Alex Smith will help the Kansas City Chiefs make big strides this season.

Blog note: I will be away from the blog Friday. But please check back. I will have an Eight in the Box feature and blog editors will post headlines.