I think the Raiders shot themselves in the foot on this one. Woodson is happy to play for $10.5M and no one else is willing to pay him anything in that ballpark given his injuries, poor attitude, declining level of play and lack of big-play potential.
They will probably just let him leave as a UFA next year after another disappointing campaign.
Buchanon is a bit of a feast or famine player who also has an attitude problem.
Unless the Raiders find a taker for Woodson, they don't have the cap space to sign Howard anyway.
Minnesota is likely the only team that has the need, resources, interest and cap space to pursue Howard.
I still think we should be lowering our offer to the Saints during the draft. They will be getting desperate to move Howard soon.