Packers announce release of DB Woodson

PFW staff
Pro Football Weekly
Packers announce release of DB Woodson

The Packers have released eight-time Pro Bowl DB Charles Woodson, the team announced Friday.

"We are grateful for all that Charles has given to the Green Bay Packers over the past seven years,” GM Ted Thompson said in statement. “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."

Woodson joined the Packers in 2006, after spending the first eight years of his career in Oakland. He has 55 career interceptions during his Hall of Fame career, second-most on the NFL's active list behind Ravens FS Ed Reed.

The 2012 season was arguably the toughest for the 36-year-old Woodson, who, after being moved to safety, appeared in just seven regular-season games because of a broken collarbone.

The Packers would save $10 million in 2013 cap room by making this move.

Selected by the Raiders with the fourth overall pick in 1998, Woodson went on to win Defensive Rookie of the Year honors while earning his first of three consecutive Pro Bowl nods. He played in two Super Bowls, XXXVII and XLV, earning a ring with the Packers despite breaking his collarbone right before halftime in Super Bowl XLV against the Steelers.