Alameda, CA (Sports Network) - Charles Woodson is heading back to where it all
The veteran defensive back and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year signed
with the Oakland Raiders, the team with whom he spent the first eight seasons
of an accomplished 15-year career, on Tuesday. The San Francisco Chronicle
reported the deal to be for one year and could be worth as much as $4.3
million if Woodson meets incentive clauses.
Woodson, selected fourth overall by Oakland in the 1998 draft, left the
Raiders to sign with Green Bay as a free agent prior to the 2006 season and
was named the NFL's top defender three years later after tying for the league
lead with nine interceptions and returning three of those picks for touchdowns
in addition to forcing four fumbles.
The 1997 Heisman Trophy recipient helped Green Bay to a Super Bowl title in
2010 and came through with seven more interceptions the following season, but
saw his production and playing time decrease while missing nine games due to
injury this past year.
Woodson made four of his eight career Pro Bowls during his first tenure with
the Raiders and was a part of three consecutive AFC West championships from
2000-02. Oakland has not reached the playoffs since that run.
The 36-year-old started 103-of-106 games with the Raiders and totaled 17
interceptions during his eight seasons with the Silver and Black.
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