The Oakland Raiders have signed S Charles Woodson to a contract extension, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Monday. Woodson was set to be an unrestricted free agent in March.
Woodson re-joins the Raiders following a 2014 campaign in which he started all 16 games, leading the team with 160 tackles (105 solo) and four interceptions. He also added nine passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one sack. Woodson earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors following Oakland's Week 12 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs when he posted nine tackles (six solo), one pass defensed and one sack. The sack marked his 20th career sack, as he became the first player in NFL history to post 50 interceptions and 20 sacks in a career.
For his career, the three-time All-Pro, eight-time Pro Bowler and 2009 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year has now played in 238 games with 235 starts, posting 1,281 tackles (1,006 solo), 60 interceptions, 218 passes defensed, 20 sacks, 33 forced fumbles and 13 fumble recoveries in 17 seasons with the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers.
Originally drafted by the Raiders in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan, Woodson became the first predominately defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy in 1997. He also helped the Wolverines to the Associated Press National Championship in 1997.
The best photos of future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson during the 2014 season.