After three months of inaction, frustration and sitting around waiting for the phone to ring, former Green Bay Packers CB/S Charles Woodson is heading back to the team with which he started his pro career – the Oakland Raiders.
NFL.com’s Ian Rappaport reported the details of the deal:
On Charles Woodson’s new deal with #Raiders: I’m told it’s for one year. $4.3M max. $1M base. A win-win.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 22, 2013
Woodson, who was selected in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Raiders, spent the first eight years of his career with the team and appeared in one Super Bowl. However, it wasn’t until he arrived in Green Bay in 2006 that he found real success. He was named the defensive player of the year in 2009 and followed that up with a championship with Green Bay in 2010.
However, Woodson’s career in Titletown started to slide when he broke his collarbone in Super Bowl XLV and then broke it again last season, causing him to miss nine games.
When the Packers had to decide on whether to pay him $9 million to keep him around in 2013, the team waived Woodson and his contract. Woodson received little interest between February and last week. Though he visited the San Francisco 49ers last month, that was about the only interest he received until last week. That’s when he was invited to visit the Denver Broncos, but left that visit without a contract. His agent said before that visit that the Raiders already had a contract offer on the table. When Woodson visited the Raiders today, he signed, ending his search.
Woodson insisted earlier that he wanted to go to a contender. Maybe he feels the Raiders are that team. We’re not so sure, but we’re glad that a great player like Woodson doesn’t have to sit around waiting for someone to call.
As Packers fans who appreciate all he has given the franchise, we wish him the best.