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Charles Woodson returns to the Raiders


Charles Woodson is heading back to the team that drafted him.

Woodson and the Raiders have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports first reported and the Raiders later confirmed.

The move comes as no surprise, as Woodson had visited Oakland and the Raiders were one of the few teams known to be interested. The 36-year-old Woodson has acknowledged that he didn’t have a lot of options after the Packers released him, although there was talk in recent days that interest was picking up from the Broncos.

The Raiders selected Woodson with the fourth overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft, and he was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons in Oakland. Woodson left for the Packers in free agency in 2006. Now he’s returning to his original team for another season, nearing the end of his NFL career in the place where it began.

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  1. goraidersgospurs says: May 21, 2013 9:57 PM

    Great, hope most people kept his Jersey !!!

  2. raidersmojo says: May 21, 2013 9:58 PM

    Welcome home, Chuck!

  3. jrebar88 says: May 21, 2013 9:59 PM

    Must not want to win anymore. Enjoy being PFM’s whipping boy.

  4. despinosa8 says: May 21, 2013 9:59 PM

    Welcome back Charles

  5. elwaysagenius says: May 21, 2013 9:59 PM

    Worst decision this bum has ever made. Good luck getting burnt by King Peyton twice a year

  6. klutch14u says: May 21, 2013 10:00 PM


  7. dondiraider says: May 21, 2013 10:01 PM

    WOW…..Reggie haters just Zip it!!!!! Love what he brings to the D and team overall!!!

  8. vondoom92 says: May 21, 2013 10:01 PM

    Well obviously “winning” wasnt important to him.. lol

  9. lesliedevereaux says: May 21, 2013 10:01 PM

    No disrespect to him, but he needs to retire. Signing a 36 year-old DB is a big mistake. Glad I’m not a Raiders fan.

  10. jimmysee says: May 21, 2013 10:02 PM

    We wish Charles great success in Oakland. He had a great career in Green Bay and is headed for the Hall of Fame.

  11. essfjay says: May 21, 2013 10:03 PM

    welcome home C. Wood! i kept your jersey all these years in hope you would come back & retire a raider. bring in an experienced vet that has a super bowl and HoF resume nice move by McZ. lets hope C. Wood can help turn this franchise around before he calls it a career.

  12. bucrightoff says: May 21, 2013 10:04 PM

    Hope everyone kept their jerseys.

  13. kibblesnvick says: May 21, 2013 10:04 PM

    C-Wood is coming home.

  14. chargersdiehard says: May 21, 2013 10:05 PM

    What better place to finish a career than a graveyard of a franchise.

  15. honkeyt says: May 21, 2013 10:06 PM


  16. csdaddy7777 says: May 21, 2013 10:06 PM

    Yeah buddy he’s gonna be great leader for the young players, espescially Hayden. What’s tools like humbolt and commitmenttoexcrement gonna say now when they troll yet another Raiders story. Haters gonna hate but the Raiders are headed in the right direction

  17. raiders742 says: May 21, 2013 10:07 PM

    Now lets make it to the post-season.

  18. lionsdraftguy says: May 21, 2013 10:07 PM

    Well, he won’t have the refs on his side in Oakland like he did in GB, but I’m happy for him. Heck of a player.

  19. prideandpoise says: May 21, 2013 10:07 PM

    The prodigal son has returned!

  20. justwinbaby29 says: May 21, 2013 10:07 PM

    I actually like the team Reggie is putting together in 2013. Sure it won’t contend with Denver but I don’t think we’ll be in the running for Clowney either. I see a 6-10 or 7-9 type of season with a great shot to seriously contend for a playoff spot in 2014 with another draft class and a ton of cap space. The job Reggie has done in just over a year has been pretty solid and he’s not done yet!

  21. 13arod says: May 21, 2013 10:08 PM

    if he wants to make the playoffs then he should of went to denver

  22. skins716 says: May 21, 2013 10:08 PM

    I guess money was more important than winning

  23. sicklnick121 says: May 21, 2013 10:08 PM

    He picked the Raiders over the Broncos, Must have made the decision based on the team with the better QB…

    Just Flynn baby!!!!!!!!!

  24. rubicon202 says: May 21, 2013 10:10 PM

    Welcome home Charles, welcome home!

  25. publicteamforever says: May 21, 2013 10:12 PM

    Congrats CW, Thanks for your service and the good times in Green Bay!

  26. therolandobottom says: May 21, 2013 10:14 PM


  27. r8derjames says: May 21, 2013 10:15 PM

    Gettin my new #21 Woodson Jersey for suuuure ! Welcome back c-dub truth be told you are the reason I picked up on football and the draft, and not to mention the Raidaaaaz! Been following great DB’s such as yourself ever since !! What a great outlook for us , light at the end of the tunnel for real! Haters gonna hate; Raiders gonna be relevant in an instance believe that!

  28. jhein23 says: May 21, 2013 10:16 PM

    Happy this is where he ended up. Thank for everything you did in Titletown. Canton bound soon.

  29. rickincali says: May 21, 2013 10:16 PM

    I am a Packer fan in the Bay Area and I am glad to see him back. He can still cover and he has become a real role model. He’ll surely earn that money if he can avoid the unlucky injuries of late.

  30. johnnybandwagon says: May 21, 2013 10:16 PM

    Once a Raider always a Raider.
    Got to love it!

  31. rajbais says: May 21, 2013 10:17 PM

    Finishing with your original team is overrated.

    Brett Favre never retired as a Falcon.

    Woodson is going from a Super Bowl contender to next year’s recipient of the #1 overall pick.

  32. ravensdominate says: May 21, 2013 10:18 PM

    Yeah, good teams don’t over pay old free agents so yeah the raiders make sense.

  33. JMClarkent says: May 21, 2013 10:18 PM

    My tattered gym shirt is now en vogue! I love having him back to help mentor Hayden/ play safety.

  34. tinandebony says: May 21, 2013 10:19 PM

    Love how “he only came to Oakland as leverage against Denver” and now that he’s home “this comes surprise” and the “no one interested” schtick.. Haters gonna hate..

  35. dean112263 says: May 21, 2013 10:21 PM

    Best wishes from a Packer fan to C-Wood.

    Was a class act and a leader. Big reason that Green Bay got to and won a championship.

    Hope his remaining season(s) with Silver & Black are good ones. He deserves it.

  36. cassrangers says: May 21, 2013 10:21 PM

    guess he figured at this age, he might as well take who’s offering the most cash.

  37. bowmanj35 says: May 21, 2013 10:22 PM

    as a packers fan I always appreciated woods on, especially when he jacked his clavicle on a great play in the superbowl and led the team vocally in the second half, but truth be told he has deteriorated a lot and when healthy last year did not contribute much. at this point he brings more veteran leadership than play on the field, and I hope he proves me wrong being a west coast guy

  38. aldavis4president says: May 21, 2013 10:23 PM


  39. seatownballers says: May 21, 2013 10:23 PM

    I’m happy for Woodson and the Raiders. Rumors were Denver was interested, and I think they loaded up enough this offseason

  40. peytonsneck18 says: May 21, 2013 10:23 PM

    well hope he had fun winning, cause that is over with now!!!

  41. farvite says: May 21, 2013 10:24 PM

    You failed us on this one Ted.

  42. xfthmx says: May 21, 2013 10:25 PM

    I wish he hadn’t had to leave in the first place.

  43. ghosttothepost says: May 21, 2013 10:26 PM

    Hell yeah! I knew it all along! He may have lost a step, but will be an invaluable contributor in the locker room and to the rooks…way to go big Reg! We got him for 1 year and didn’t break the bank…chump bailey can go eat some rocky mountain oysters!

  44. wicuda says: May 21, 2013 10:26 PM

    He’ll retire as a Packer.

  45. lostsok says: May 21, 2013 10:26 PM

    Glad we won’t see him in orange. That would just be…wrong.

    Nice move by the Raiders. Woodson brings a lot to the practice field and film room, and can really help the development of the entire secondary. He may have lost a step on the field, but he’ll never make a mental mistake.

    Denver should have made a better offer.

  46. raiderlyfe510 says: May 21, 2013 10:27 PM

    Yeah….that’s what’s up.

    Reggie Mckenzie’s the man!

  47. logicalvoicesisnotlogical says: May 21, 2013 10:27 PM

    For once I have a jersey of someone still on the team.

  48. packerbackernj says: May 21, 2013 10:27 PM

    He must have spent all of his money when he was younger to be this desperate to sign with the toilet of the nfl.

  49. jw36969 says: May 21, 2013 10:28 PM

    Wow they landed Woodson! The last piece of the puzzle. Too bad that puzzle is a rubix cube that nobody can figure out.

  50. souldogdave says: May 21, 2013 10:29 PM

    Welcome back to the Silver&Black. We now have a legitimate secondary. He will lead by example and set a standard for the younger players. Wonderful news.

  51. vfan76 says: May 21, 2013 10:30 PM

    Back to irrelevancy.

  52. naejon says: May 21, 2013 10:30 PM

    Awesome job Reggie, welcome home Charles. Raider Nation can’t wait to see you and Tyvon patrolling the back third. We hope you and your family will decide to stay more than just one year.

  53. jphavig says: May 21, 2013 10:33 PM

    Stoked!!! Go Raiders!

  54. daveb204 says: May 21, 2013 10:34 PM

    Sad to see him go. One of my all time favorite players and Packers.

  55. piratesofthecoliseum says: May 21, 2013 10:35 PM

    Wooooohoooo!!!! Screw the donkeys!!! Once a Raider always a Raider!!!

  56. doggz109 says: May 21, 2013 10:35 PM

    Oh thank god…..I was worried my Broncos would actually sign his old ass. Glad they came to their senses. Have fun covering Welker, Thomas, and Decker old man.

  57. wte1 says: May 21, 2013 10:35 PM

    I remember when he was a Raider when he hit Tom Brady in the head during the Snow Bowl Game.

    A hit that was never called but should have.

    Replays clearly show the hit to the head.

  58. mullman76 says: May 21, 2013 10:35 PM

    Great news for Raiders fans.

    That just ensures he will be wearing Silver and Black in the HOF.

    Hopefully he stays healthy and ends his career playing at a high level where he belongs.


  59. ozymandias121 says: May 21, 2013 10:37 PM

    Nobody else wanted him so congrats Raiders!

  60. slashbond says: May 21, 2013 10:37 PM

    I was hoping Carolina would make a move for him… of course who am I kidding, i’m talking about the Panthers!

  61. dabutcha114 says: May 21, 2013 10:37 PM

    Welcome home Charles.

  62. bigmark67 says: May 21, 2013 10:38 PM

    Good to have in back. We need some good strong veteran leadership on a young team.

  63. demolition510 says: May 21, 2013 10:40 PM

    Welcome home Chuck!!! Great leader for. D and can mentor young Hayden

  64. furious76 says: May 21, 2013 10:41 PM

    I was hoping he would end up in Denver. Nice signing by Oakland.

  65. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 21, 2013 10:42 PM

    Welcome back, Charles!

  66. vegasgreek says: May 21, 2013 10:42 PM

    A great PR move by Reggie McKenzie and Mark Davis.

  67. textexington says: May 21, 2013 10:44 PM

    Thank you for 7 wonderful years in Green Bay! Good luck in Oakland!

  68. tdubdizzle says: May 21, 2013 10:48 PM

    Reggie Mckenzie is the real deal.

  69. trapshoot says: May 21, 2013 10:49 PM

    He did a great job with the Packers. Hard to see him go. Good luck with the Raiders.

  70. sportsnut101 says: May 21, 2013 10:52 PM

    Nice I bought his jersey for 8 bucks when he left

    Guess he took the money over Denver

    Unless Denver didn’t fax him an offer lol

  71. schmitty2 says: May 21, 2013 10:53 PM

    que the Raider’s fans who think this is the missing piece to the Super Bowl

  72. pftisterrible says: May 21, 2013 10:54 PM

    Suck it, Denver!

  73. 7pints says: May 21, 2013 10:54 PM

    Money over winning??? Guess you gotta prepare for retirement.

  74. mythaimyke says: May 21, 2013 10:55 PM


  75. crise40g says: May 21, 2013 10:55 PM

    C-Dub back in black! He’s older and probably a little slower but he still is a baller.

  76. 15starr says: May 21, 2013 10:57 PM

    Gotta do what ya gotta do.. Sorry Woodson.

  77. raiderspride says: May 21, 2013 10:58 PM

    Mother Mary Of Jesus… Thank You for the news Michael David Smith.

    Not sure if I my therapist would have had enough meds to give me, if he actually put on a freaking Bronco uniform.

  78. taintedsaints2009 says: May 21, 2013 11:00 PM

    Back to the oblivion

  79. jtmartinez34 says: May 21, 2013 11:01 PM

    Who cares. Big mouth is tasting the humble pie. Karma…

  80. danielpickolick says: May 21, 2013 11:05 PM

    Woodson is the perfect mentor for DJ Hayden. Another great move by Reggie Mac. There’s no doubt in my mind he’s getting this thing turned around.

  81. paulydefense says: May 21, 2013 11:05 PM

    Welcome back, Charles. It’s nice to see you in silver and black again.

  82. packfaninchitown says: May 21, 2013 11:06 PM

    Couldn’t be happier. Take them far Charles! You and Flynn for the Win!

  83. raiderapologist says: May 21, 2013 11:06 PM

    Welcome home, coach…err, Chuck. Usama Young and Brandian Ross probably aren’t happy, but it must feel like Christmas to Dennis Allen. At least until he looks at his edge rushers, anyway.

  84. gslumbers says: May 21, 2013 11:11 PM

    He don’t like being called Chuck. This guy is one badass player, and a heck of a leader. Pack will miss you.

  85. booboothekid says: May 21, 2013 11:13 PM

    Smh…such a talented dude. Huge Packer fan here…hate to see him go to an organization that has no hope of contending. Really wish he would have went to Denver

  86. unbiasfan says: May 21, 2013 11:14 PM

    Why would the Raiders sign a 13 year veteran to the team when they are in full-on rebuilding mode… I mean come on the best player on the team is their kicker

  87. racerx1225 says: May 21, 2013 11:16 PM


  88. racerx1225 says: May 21, 2013 11:17 PM

    unbiasfan says:
    May 21, 2013 11:14 PM
    Why would the Raiders sign a 13 year veteran to the team when they are in full-on rebuilding modeā€¦ I mean come on the best player on the team is their kicker


  89. booboothekid says: May 21, 2013 11:18 PM

    JtMartinez….big mouth tasting humble pie? Your an idiot. He is one of the classiest players in the league. For him to sign with Oakland is a tragedy. The man played with his heart on his sleeve for the Pack year in and out. Get your head out of your @$$

  90. raiderfan77 says: May 21, 2013 11:27 PM

    Well, the Raiders won’t contend for anything next year, most reasonable people agree on that. It is nice that Free Agents like Cribbs and CWood, who were offered by other decent teams, chose to come to the Raiders family for reasons other than a ridiculous, over-priced contract. It will take time to change back to a culture of winning, but these small steps are in the right direction.

  91. stankytoes12 says: May 21, 2013 11:29 PM

    Quit acting like he’ll be a “mentor”, tory holt said it best when he said “ill mentor the young guys right to the bench” that’s a myth, you don’t mentor young guys coachs want to coach and they want players to play, you want the young guys to have confidence not look up to veterans, everyone either wants to be the man or youll never be the man theres no room to be idolizing a veteran on your roster.

    With that said, woodson can still ball, he was the only D player on the packers squad I saw make a couple decent plays in the asswhooping the 49ers delt last year, he can get his hands in front of that ball still not because he runs a 4.3 anymore but because hes smarter than a lot of QBs playing the game, I wouldn’t of minded seeing him resign with GB but at the same time its time to produce for Jerron McMillan in GB or its time to keep looking for Nick Collins’ replacement.

  92. art75gon says: May 21, 2013 11:35 PM

    I guess winning is no longer important. Wow, the Raiders over the Broncos? Even if the Raiders offered more money, the Raiders stink!! Denver would have been a nice look for Woodson, but like everything else its all about the MONEY!!!

  93. raiderinva says: May 21, 2013 11:37 PM

    You know this is kind of a class move by all parties involved. Can you imagine how differently Marcus Allen would be viewed if he returned to The Raiders for a year?

    This is a full circle win win move for both the team and the player. The big beneficiary is the locker room and the fans.

  94. UPYRS says: May 21, 2013 11:43 PM

    To little late. Raiders slide continues

  95. listenup823 says: May 21, 2013 11:46 PM

    Everything the Raiders do in the offseason always works out…

  96. sportsfaninyyc says: May 22, 2013 12:19 AM

    Thankfully it’s just a one year deal- hope he can teach the youngsters a few things.

  97. bsandersislegend20 says: May 22, 2013 12:24 AM

    Winning is irrelavent when cash money is involved apparently.

  98. afcdomination says: May 22, 2013 12:32 AM

    Big Chiefs Fan, and I think its really neat. Id love it if flowers finishes his career in KC. Good for Raider Fans and for Charles as well

  99. afcdomination says: May 22, 2013 12:33 AM

    he may not like being called “chuck”, but there is a much better “Charles” in the AFC West right now who stakes claim

  100. slickster35 says: May 22, 2013 12:40 AM

    He’ll be as much help as Rod Woodson was.

    Who ya bringing in next, Darrel Green?

  101. der6495 says: May 22, 2013 12:43 AM

    I’m surprised there wasn’t more interest, but possibly because he wanted too much money. Before injury it him last season, he had a combined 51 forced fumbles & interceptions in his 6 years with the Packers.

    There aren’t many guys outside of Charles Tillman that can do that for you, even if he is 36.

  102. theeclevelandsteamer says: May 22, 2013 12:50 AM

    Those who dont think the raiders can compete with Denver…you have no idea what you have in Flynn. He will be awesome and make the raiders relevant again.

  103. Matt says: May 22, 2013 1:07 AM

    For those wondering why he “took the money over winning” lets get two facts out in the air.

    1) CWood is still one of the most popular players from the “Chucky” Raider years in the late 90s and early aughts. When you go to games, you see as many #24 Woodson jerseys as the other top players, Touchdown Timmy Brown #81 and Wiz #76.

    2) Once a Raider, Always a Raider, unless they play in puke orange under the servitude of John Elway and the Denver Broncos. I can’t stress that point strongly enough. Woodson knew as well as anyone that if he puts on that disgusting mess of a jersey, he’s as good as dead to Raider Nation forever.

    Basically, the hypothetical “retire running off into the sunset” idea doesn’t necessarily have to involve a championship. Woodson wanted to cement his legacy as a Raider and make his fans proud. I see nothing wrong with this.

    And for the record, Tom Brady fumbled. I love you Chuck! RAIIIIIIDERRRRRRRS

  104. tjbra9 says: May 22, 2013 1:45 AM

    Why do you keep saying “Welcome Home”? Because they drafted him and ran him off? He is from Ohio, in case you didn’t know! He doesn’t call the Raiders home, but a job. I know him from Michigan

  105. braceyourselffor12 says: May 22, 2013 2:06 AM

    As a Niner fan I still root for our brothers across the Bay so long as they aren’t playing against my team. They have a proud history and like the Niners suffered from abysmal play for almost a decade.

    I like what Reggie is doing and glad they got a veteran back to hopefully set an example for the new guys. With a capable QB in Flynn who knows where this team might be in a year or two.

    So I raise my glass to the Raider Nation (even though I know your not supposed to do the same) in hopes we are seeing a renaissance in Bay Area football.

  106. rooneyruleblues says: May 22, 2013 2:16 AM

    Beginning to look like the power of Manning isn’t as powerful as it once was. Hate to break it to you Bronco fans but there are certainly no guarantees 5 head is gonna make it an entire season.

  107. notoriousjebus says: May 22, 2013 2:40 AM

    The Raiders may be good after this upcoming season, but anyone who thinks they have more than the thinnest of hopes of achieving anything this year is kidding themselves. They may have had a great draft, Matt Flynn may have been a brilliant signing. However the fact of the matter is they have $49 million in dead money for this season. That’s a massive amount that’s not going to anyone on their roster. I have a heard time understanding how anyone could be posting about how dominant the raiders are going to be this year.

  108. lambeauphan says: May 22, 2013 2:47 AM

    thank you for your years in green bay charles. you will always be part of the packers. good luck back in oakland, only wish you the best. cool to see you end your career where youn started

  109. mullman76 says: May 22, 2013 2:54 AM

    @booboothekid: Al Drafted him and he played 8 seasons for the Silver and Black. He will retire a Raider and go into the HOF as a Raider.


  110. johnnyb216 says: May 22, 2013 6:14 AM

    Boy are Raider fans impatient. Its no wonder you guys have been through like a dozen coaches in the last 20 years.

  111. buster2112 says: May 22, 2013 7:25 AM

    Raiders make the deal and it is automatically slammed. If Broncos pulled the trigger, it would have been a “great move.” Go back in your hole all Haiders!

  112. dbfan4ever says: May 22, 2013 8:01 AM

    Glad Broncos didn’t sign him! After signing with the Raiders you really have to question his decision making!

  113. paul82461 says: May 22, 2013 8:12 AM

    Your just plain stupid if you dont see why he brought Woodson in. IM not even gonna tell you why. If you cant figure it out you dont deserve to know.

  114. MP says: May 22, 2013 8:25 AM

    If people think C-Wood can’t ball out anymore, they have another thing coming.. and for the whipping boy comment, just remember who won that Heisman. (Yeah, the only defensive player ever, over that QB.)

  115. atthemurph says: May 22, 2013 8:26 AM

    Charles was a great player but his time is almost over. Oakland is giving him a shot, most likely to help mentor some for the younger players, play a little slot CB, blitz a little and try to create a play here or there.

    Charles gets paid one more year then can retire to the Packers Hall of Fame and that other one in OH.

    Classy dude, charitable, pretty quiet and bright. In his prime he was as good as there was.

  116. johnstone17 says: May 22, 2013 8:43 AM

    Great signing on a couple of levels. His leadership is unquestioned, as a saftey he can still be productive & he will teach a guy like Hayden. Nothing but upside from where I’m standing.

  117. TeamBalco says: May 22, 2013 8:46 AM

    Once a Raider… Always a Raider!

  118. soulraida64 says: May 22, 2013 8:50 AM

    Welcome back home c-wood! You have always been a classy guy and a helluva football player. I’m glad you decided to come back to your first team, and show these young raiders how to do it right.
    Also, I am glad you decided not to be one of those players who piggy backs a ride on the jock of a so called playoff contender. You have decided to try to beat the best & not sign with your arch rival. Much respect do!

  119. cowboyhater says: May 22, 2013 8:54 AM

    This tells me one of two things; either he just wants to get paid and doesn’t care about winning even at 36 and supposedly has made the bulk of his money, or he is broke. Him going back to Oakland just doesn’t make sense. Not taking a shot at Oakland, but let’s get real here, they are still rebuilding.

  120. jonnyfootball82 says: May 22, 2013 9:30 AM

    He’s in it to win it

  121. groleo45 says: May 22, 2013 9:32 AM

    Best of luck, Sir Charles. Would’ve loved to have seen your leadership come to the Lions.

    He remains, by far, the most electrifying college player I’ve ever seen. I know who I’ll be rooting for in the NFC West this year!

  122. tritz32 says: May 22, 2013 9:42 AM

    He better go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a Packer and The Packers better be clearing an area to put up that name in the Ring of Honor!


  123. jwm042085 says: May 22, 2013 9:46 AM

    I’m not a Raiders fan or anything but i def dont mind them at all and i like this signing…the guy already got a SB w/ GB, he doesnt need to be a backup or just sit on a teams roster for another trophy, the guy is back where hes familiar w/ (im sure he got paid good) and hes gna start at FS along with branch whos a really good SS and they really got solid and even depth now at the CB position this offseason…not sayin theyll compete real great w/ the broncos or anything but i like the signing.

  124. steelcityfinest13 says: May 22, 2013 10:35 AM

    So if hes not in the #24 jersey do i consider it a throwback???

  125. siggtacular says: May 22, 2013 11:16 AM

    Solid pick up

  126. castleofcheese says: May 22, 2013 12:23 PM

    Thanks for the memories in green and gold, c-wood. You’ll be missed and good luck in Oakland!

  127. blackbeard43 says: May 25, 2013 3:37 AM

    Great, love his talent! Although at 36 it’s hard to fathom he’ll be able to play consistently all 16 games at the level we’re used to seeing him in…but here’s to his long and productive career! cheers

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