Charles Woodson Rejoins Raiders After Seven Years With PackersErik Matuszewski
Charles Woodson rejoined the Oakland Raiders, where the Pro Bowl defensive back began his 15-year National Football League career in 1998.
Woodson, 36, ranks second among active NFL players with 55 interceptions in 206 games. He’s returned 11 interceptions for touchdowns, the second-most in league history, and was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.
Woodson spent his first eight seasons in Oakland after being selected with the fourth pick in the 1998 draft out of the University of Michigan, where he won the 1997 Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player. He spent the past seven years with the Green Bay Packers and became a free agent after last season, when he missed nine games due to a broken collarbone after moving to safety from cornerback.
Woodson was voted the NFL’s top defensive player in 2009 after a career-high nine interceptions and the following season helped the Packers to the Super Bowl title.
An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Woodson was a part of Oakland’s division-winning teams from 2000 to 2002. The Raiders didn’t disclose terms of his contract in a statement on their website.