Packers to release Charles Woodson
The Green Bay Packers will release veteran defensive back Charles Woodson, a source familiar with the situation has told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Carl Poston, the agent for Woodson, first told NFL.com that the club would be releasing his client.
“They’re getting ready to release him. It’s part of the business,” Poston said. “I just talked to him. He sounds like he has a lot of football left. He’d like to play for a contender, win another Super Bowl.”
The 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, the 36-year-old Woodson was set to make $9 million in 2013 and would count for $10 million against the Packers’ salary cap. He has spent the past seven seasons with Green Bay after playing his first eight campaigns with the Oakland Raiders.
Woodson, who signed a five-year deal before the 2010 season that was worth as much as $55 million, missed nine games last season because of a broken right collarbone and played in two playoff games for the Packers. He moved from cornerback to safety last season because of diminishing cover skills.
An eight-time Pro Bowler, Woodson won the Heisman Trophy at Michigan in 1997. In 206 career NFL games, Woodson has registered 55 interceptions and 17 sacks.