Charles Woodson has been released by the Green Bay Packers.
The veteran defensive back, who signed a five year deal before the 2010 season worth about $55 million, missed nine games last year due to injury. Woodson was set to make $9 million during the 2013 season.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement:
“We are grateful for all that Charles has given to the Green Bay Packers over the past seven years … He has been an integral part of the Packers’ success and our Super Bowl title in 2010 would not have been possible without his contributions. A once-in-a-generation talent as a player, he is also a great leader and ambassador for the organization off the field. Charles will always be a member of the Packers family and we look forward to his eventual induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We wish him and his family all the best.”
ESPN reports that Woodson was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1998 and played eight years with the team before he landed in Green Bay. Woodson was the NFL defensive player of the year in 2009 and is the only NFL defensive player to score touchdowns in 6 straight seasons off of interceptions.
Woodson’s time with the Packers may be over but the veteran football player isn’t ready to call it quits. His agent, Carl Poston, said that Woodson will look to play for a contender in 2013.
“They’re getting ready to release him. It’s part of the business … 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.”
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