The Green Bay Packers have officially announced they have released DB Charles Woodson.
“We are grateful for all that Charles has given to the Green Bay Packers over the past seven years,” said Packers GM Ted Thompson, via Packers.com. “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.”
Lance Allen of WTMJ 4 in Milwaukee reports that Woodson was not offered to take a pay cut to remain with the team. Woodson reportedly expects to find plenty of interest on the open market.
Ed Werder tossed out the Broncos and Patriots as potential landing spots for Woodson.
Packers S Charles Woodson‘s recent tweet suggests that this time in Green Bay is coming to a end.
“Thank you Green Bay it was a great run,” tweets Woodson.
There’s been plenty of speculation that Woodson could be a cap casualty for months now, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the Packers would elect to not pay him his $10 million salary.
Woodson’s agent, Carl Poston, informed Ian Rapoport that his client will in fact be released later today.
“They’re getting ready to release him,” said Poston. “It’s part of the business.”
Poston also added that “he sounds like he has a lot of football left,” in regards to possibly retiring. “He’d like to go play for a contender, win another Super Bowl. He caught that bug.”
Releasing the 36-year-old Woodson will free up close to $9 million in cap space for the Packers. His play has declined in recent years and with plenty of talent in their secondary, it makes sense to use that money elsewhere and possibly lockup players like Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji.
Woodson appears to be prepared to look for another opportunity this offseason and there’s still a chance he could return to Green Bay for a lower salary. It’s just hard to say how plausible that idea is right now.