What we've known to be true for most of the day has been made official by the Green Bay Packers. The team announced on their website on Friday afternoon that veteran defensive back Charles Woodson has been released from the team. He had one year remaining on his contract, and was set to make nearly eight figures this season. By cutting Woodson, the Packers free up nearly $9 million in cap space.
Woodson was considered as high-risk as he was a high-profile signing when he joined the Packers in 2006. At that time, he was a marquee shutdown corner. Late in his career, he gradually transitioned into a different role, and was primarily used as a safety -- though he also saw action as a slot corner in numerous packages -- during his injury-riddled 2012 season.
"We are grateful for all that Charles has given to the Green Bay Packers over the past seven years," Thompson said. "He has been an integral part of the Packers' success and our Super Bowl title in 2010 would not have been possible without his contributions. A once-in-a-generation talent as a player, he is also a great leader and ambassador for the organization off the field. Charles will always be a member of the Packers family and we look forward to his eventual induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We wish him and his family all the best."
Woodson finishes his Packers career with 38 interceptions, 10 defensive touchdowns, and one Super Bowl ring.