Charles Woodson Re-Signs with Raiders


The Oakland Raiders have re-signed S Charles Woodson, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Friday.

Woodson, a veteran of 16 NFL seasons, is an eight-time Pro Bowler, including selections each of his first four seasons in Oakland and four of his final five seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

The 6-foot-1, 202-pound defensive back has played in 222 career games with 219 starts, and ranks second among active players (Ed Reed) with 56 interceptions. His career totals also include 1,121 tackles (901 solo), 19 sacks, 33 forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries and 11 interceptions returned for touchdowns, which is second-most in NFL history.

The Raiders made Woodson the fourth-overall selection in the 1998 NFL Draft following a record-setting career at Michigan. He was the recipient of the 1997 Heisman Trophy, becoming the first predominantly defensive player to win the award.

Woodson played in 106 games with 103 starts with the Raiders from 1998-2005. He totaled 17 interceptions during his first in Oakland, and was named the 1998 Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording five interceptions and earning his first Pro Bowl selection in his first professional campaign. Woodson led the Raiders to three straight AFC West titles from 2000-02, and started for the Silver and Black and notched an interception in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Woodson signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent in 2006, and started 100 games in seven seasons in Green Bay. He recorded 38 interceptions and returned nine picks for touchdowns during his time with the Packers, earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2009 and 2011. Woodson was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year after tying for the NFL lead with nine interceptions and returning a career-high three picks for touchdowns.

In 2013, Woodson re-joined the Raiders as a safety (having switched from cornerback in 2012) and played nearly every defensive snap for the Silver and Black. He totaled 133 tackles, which ranked second on the team, one interception, two sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown in  Oakland's 27-17 victory over San Diego on Oct. 6.

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