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Rockmolder  
#1 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 9:41:45 AM(UTC)

NFL.com

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The defensive back's agent told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport the team is going to cut Woodson.


There's no article yet, but that's what's on their main page right now.

EDIT: There's an article on the Journal Sentinel now.

Report: Packers to release S Charles Woodson

by Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel

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Green Bay --- After seven years and 100 games, Charles Woodson's illustrious career in Green Bay is coming to an end. The Packers have decided to release the veteran safety, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Earlier Friday, the account for Woodson's wine company also tweeted a good-bye.

The news does not come as a complete surprise. This was one area in which Packers general manager Ted Thompson could save a lot of money in the salary cap. Turning 37 years old in October, Woodson has suffered two broken collarbones on the back end of his career.

And in his 16th NFL season, Woodson was due a base salary of $6.5 million with a roster bonus of $2.5 million the first day of training camp. That's a lot of money to pay an aging player who isn't the same dynamic force at safety that he was at cornerback. The emergence of rookie Casey Hayward in the slot likely made Green Bay's decision easier. Green Bay also played without Woodson for nine games last year. While he sat out with a broken collarbone, M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian started alongside Morgan Burnett at safety.

Maybe the Packers stick with these two, and Sean Richardson returning from injury. The Packers could also sign or draft a safety.

Either way, there's no denying that Woodson has been one of the premier ballhawks in the league since signing with the Packers in 2006. With Green Bay, Woodson has 38 interceptions, 99 pass break-ups and 11.5 sacks. He was also named the 2009 defensive player of the year.

Whether this was an outright release by the Packers or Woodson was not willing to take a paycut is unknown.

Just last week, Woodson's agent expressed some optimism that Woodson would return with the Packers. Not so anymore. Carl Poston told Rapoport that "They're getting ready to release him. It's part of the business." Echoing what he said a week ago, the agent also indicated that Woodson isn't ready to retire, saying, "I just talked to him. He sounds like he has a lot of football left."
Zero2Cool  
#2 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 9:50:54 AM(UTC)

Christ, I have to change my signature, again?!
Pack93z  
#3 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 9:55:07 AM(UTC)

Well apparently a contract rework failed.. I can't say I am surprised with injury concerns, cap space concerns and a bevy of young talent in the secondary.

Charles is a heck of a football player.
Zero2Cool  
#4 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 10:01:43 AM(UTC)

Pack93z said: Go to Quoted Post
Well apparently a contract rework failed.. I can't say I am surprised with injury concerns, cap space concerns and a bevy of young talent in the secondary.

Charles is a heck of a football player.


Do you think an effort to rework his contract took place?


Edit, Charles Woodson's twitter ...
@TwentyFourWines: Thank you Green Bay it was a great run! pic.twitter.com/rZG4YpnD
gbguy20  
#5 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 10:11:46 AM(UTC)

Zero2Cool said: Go to Quoted Post
Do you think an effort to rework his contract took place?


Tyler Dunne‏@TyDunne

Sound from agent via @rapsheet sounded a farewell. No middle ground. RT @shanecohen is it possible that Woodson is back at a reduced Salary?
Zero2Cool  
#6 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 10:15:38 AM(UTC)

I don't understand Twitter twat talk. What does that mean? There was no middle ground is what Charles Woodson agent stated? All the reports I've just read state it is unknown if any restructure took place. I assume one did and that is how the agent learned of the pending release.

Packers say lets talk, .. lower salary.
Agent say no budge.
Packers say we gotta release him then.
Agent go telling news/media Woodson is gonna be released to get teams lined up to sign his client.

That's roughly how I see it. Of course, Packers could have said "we're releasing your client sooner than later out of respect so he can sign with another team rather than waiting until training camp". which, The Packers could have done without risk. It would have just been shady.
wpr  
#7 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 10:24:39 AM(UTC)

Zero2Cool said: Go to Quoted Post
Do you think an effort to rework his contract took place?




I don't think the agent Pondscum believes in renegotiating contracts. Unless it is for more money.

Thanks Sir Charles. It has been a fantastic journey.

The countdown until he is in the Packer HoF begins.

wpr  
#8 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 10:27:42 AM(UTC)

Zero2Cool said: Go to Quoted Post
Christ, I have to change my signature, again?!


quiet excellence never goes out of style.


Now if he signs on with another team...
warhawk  
#9 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 10:30:04 AM(UTC)

Wonder what this means for Finley? I assume Jennings being gone is a given.
wpr  
#10 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 10:32:45 AM(UTC)

warhawk said: Go to Quoted Post
Wonder what this means for Finley? I assume Jennings being gone is a given.


I can't say what it means for Finley bu this means buckeye will have to update his roster. [grin1]
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Pack93z  
#11 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 11:16:21 AM(UTC)

There are aspects of Woodson's career off the field that is just as admirable as his play upon the field. Yes.. color me a Charles Woodson fan, regardless of the hue of his jersey.
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kmeyer  
#12 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 11:19:03 AM(UTC)

I understand the business side of things, but this just plain sucks! He is my all time favorite. Time to go buy a "21" jersey.
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buckeyepackfan  
#13 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 12:13:18 PM(UTC)

wpr said: Go to Quoted Post
I can't say what it means for Finley bu this means buckeye will have to update his roster. [grin1]


LOL, I had an out myself if this happened.

I guess I will take him out,for now,wouldn't be surprised that Charles will be back after testing FA.

That leaves Tramon Williams as the "old man" of the DB's,.

I'm not gonna count Jarret Bush, he has become the Special Teams Vet.

I'm just wondering who is going to step up and become a "leader" on and off the field for The Packers on the Defensive side.

wpr  
#14 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 12:23:31 PM(UTC)

buckeyepackfan said: Go to Quoted Post
LOL, I had an out myself if this happened.

I guess I will take him out,for now,wouldn't be surprised that Charles will be back after testing FA.

That leaves Tramon Williams as the "old man" of the DB's,.

I'm not gonna count Jarret Bush, he has become the Special Teams Vet.

I'm just wondering who is going to step up and become a "leader" on and off the field for The Packers on the Defensive side.



I think each area has a leader. Raji for the DL. CM3 for the LB and Bush for the Secondary.

j/k Williams is.

Overall CM3 for all the defense.

In order to be a leader you have to be on the field. With all the sub packages and shifting around Matthews is one of the few who is out there for the majority of the snaps.

When healthy I would think Bishop shares the load for overall field leadership.
nerdmann  
#15 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 12:38:56 PM(UTC)

An all time great.

Hope he gets that all time pick six record.

yooperfan  
#16 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 1:19:23 PM(UTC)

Thank you Charles for yor years of excellence with the Green Bay Packers.
You are a high class person.
Good luck,and come back and see us.
Wade  
#17 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 1:57:56 PM(UTC)

As I said in another thread, I really have mixed feelings on this one.

Never was a fan of Woodson until he came to GB. But I really liked him, especially over the last few years. Epitomized class, thoughtfulness. I'm not much for player interviews, but Woodson was always worth listening to.

Two broken collarbones scared me more than anything. There was a play, I think in the SF playoff game this year, where he stayed down after a hit for awhile, and I thought, OMG, not the collarbone again!

Age part didn't though. I'd rather have his savvy back there for a couple years. It's not like his projected replacements really outplayed him. Hayward did, perhaps, but he wasn't playing CW's position, was he?

Gonna miss you, Sir Charles.

Your wine is still too expensive, though.
nerdmann  
#18 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 2:15:05 PM(UTC)

I bet he signs with the Raiders.

Former team, former Packer as GM, they need a S, do they not?
Pack93z  
#19 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 2:32:35 PM(UTC)

I think it goes back to this old adage.. release them one year early instead of one year late.

Charles is right about up against the break point of being an impact player yet.... might be beyond it.. or just in front of it.
Pack93z  
#20 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2013 2:42:32 PM(UTC)

Packers statement on his release:

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