Sometimes it does hurt to go back where you started. This seems to be the case for veteran defensive back Charles Woodson. On Tuesday, the Oakland Raiders announced that Woodson signed a one-year deal with the team that picked him 4th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft and spent the first eight years of his career at.
The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent defensive back Charles Woodson. twitter.com/RAIDERS/status…
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) May 22, 2013
The deal is worth a max of $4.5 million and includes a $700k signing bonus.
The 36-year old accumulated 17 interceptions and 14 forced fumbles in his eight years in Oakland. During his free agency period in 2005, Woodson left for the Green Bay Packers and was one of the best dominant defensive back in the league with stats that showed 38 INTs in seven seasons.
Both the Raiders and Woodson are helping each other out with this deal. Charles has lost a step based on his play in Green Bay in 2013 and there was a lack of interest for him this offseason, while the Raiders are cash-strapped and very weak at the free safety position, and have a young secondary that could use a veteran leader like Woodson. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and the defensive back have a relationship from their time together in Green Bay.
Written by – Arnold Glass II – AFC West Writer