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Report: Packers to release Charles Woodson

2/15/2013 11:02:32 AM
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Charles Woodson's illustrious tenure in Green Bay has come to an end, Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. The Packers have decided to release the veteran safety, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Earlier in the day, the account for Woodson's wine company tweeted a good-bye.

The news doesn't come as a complete surprise. Woodson turns 37 years old in October. And this 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, or even the slot cornerback position.

Just last week, Woodson's agent expressed some optimism that Woodson would return with the Packers. Not so much 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."

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