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Woodson returns to Oakland

woodson     After spending 7 years with the Green Bay Packers, 8 time all pro safety Charles Woodson has returned to Oakland to wear the Silver and Black.  Woodson signed a 1 year contract with Oakland worth up to 4.3 million.  Woodson came into free agency after being released by Green Bay in February looking to play for a Super Bowl contender and met with upper echelon teams San Francisco and Denver during the process.  Nothing was worked out with the 49ers and Denver wasn’t willing to make the same commitment as Oakland, leading to Woodson’s decision to sign with the Raiders.

Originally taken 4th overall in the 1998 NFL draft, Woodson returns to the Raiders as a safety at age 36. He will likely slide in at free safety in place of  Michael Huff and the Raiders will use his versatility to upgrade a defense that struggled last season. Woodson says he has fully recovered from a broken collarbone that sidelined him for nine regular season games last year.  He was the 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and has 55 career interceptions, 17 sacks, 24 forced fumbles and 11 interception returns for touchdowns in eight seasons in Oakland and seven in Green Bay.

”I’m just going to bring the intensity,  I’m a football player so I’m going to bring a lot of intensity, somebody that’s passionate about the game, and a guy that knows how to make plays. That’s what I’m going to bring. I think when guys watch me play, I think that raises the level of other guys because of the way I play the game. I’m going to bring that mindset, that mentality to the game, the same as I always have and have fun doing it.” Woodson said.

One of Woodson’s first orders of business will be negotiating with new teammate Tracy Porter to get his  No. 24 jersey back. He wore that uniform in his first stint with the Raiders, owns a Napa winery called TwentyFour and has many fans eager to bring out their old Woodson jerseys to wear to games next fall.

”We’ll definitely have to have that conversation,” Woodson said. ”We haven’t had it yet. Raider Nation has me back but I don’t know if they’ll have me back without the 24 on my back.”

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