The Green Bay Packers have announced that they will release their star defensive back Charles Woodson. Woodson an eight-time Pro Bowl player has been with the Packers since 2006. He was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and went on to make the Pro-Bowl every year until missing a majority of the 2012 season with a broken collarbone.
Woodson had two years and $20 million left on his contract with the Packers. Woodson was to receive $2.5 million on the first day of training camp. Woodson’s base salary would have been $6.5 million plus an additional $1 million roster bonus for the 2013 season. This move will free up $10 million in salary cap space for the Packers for next season.
Woodson started his career as the University of Michigan 1997 Heisman Trophy winner and being the fourth overall draft pick in 1998 by the Oakland Raiders. Woodson holds defensive stats such as the only player in NFL history to score a touchdown off of an interception in six straight seasons. He also has a total of 55 interceptions and 29 forced fumbles.
Charles Woodson may not be without a job for long with teams in need of defense. Teams that could use his talents are the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and the New England Patriots. It doesn’t appear that Woodson will be done with the league just yet his agent Carl Poston said on NFL.com.
“I just talked to him. He sounds like he has a lot of football left. He’d like to go play for a contender, win another Super Bowl.”