The Green Bay Packers are ready to move into the future with their franchise and that’s a future that doesn’t include veteran cornerback Charles Woodson. The Packers have informed Woodson that they will be releasing him, making him an unrestricted free agent as we move ahead with the NFL’s offseason and move closer to free agency.
Woodson’s wine company sent out a cryptic tweet early Friday morning that foreshadowed the announcement of his release. NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport was the first one to report Woodson’s release from Green Bay.
Thank you Green Bay it was a great run! twitter.com/TwentyFourWine…
— Rick Ruiz (@TwentyFourWines) February 15, 2013
Carl Poston, Charles Woodson’s agent, tells me: “They’re getting ready to release him. It’s part of the business.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 15, 2013
Woodson had already established himself as a premier defensive back in the NFL prior to coming to Green Bay, but his help in making it’s defense one of the best in the NFL during the Packers 2011 Super Bowl run possibly solidified him as a sure-fire Hall of Famer. Woodson hasn’t indicated he’s thinking about retirement heads to free agency with the ability to sign anywhere he pleases.
And you’d better believe he’s going to be one of the first free agents signed.
The first landing spot is Minnesota, as whenever the Packers release a productive, albeit over-the-hill veteran, the Vikings are the first team to swoop in and get the first whiff of them. With the poor secondary the Vikings have currently, Woodson is a no brainer when it comes to looking at free agents to shore things up.
But beyond Minnesota, Woodson will likely be able to get a job anywhere he wants, as he’s still got two or three solid years left in him. But the Packers are ready to move on from Woodson and it will be interesting to see where he lands next season.