Things have officially come full circle for future Hall of Fame defensive back Charles Woodson, who tonight signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders, the team that drafted him back in 1998 with the fourth-overall pick.
Woodson, 36 and regarded as one of the most decorated cornerbacks in NFL history, spent the first eight seasons of his career with the silver and black. He led the Raiders to three consecutive division championships and an AFC Championship title in 2002 before losing to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Following the 2005 season, Woodson signed with the Green Bay Packers. He won a Super Bowl there in 2009 and was named both the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year and the NFC Defensive Player of the Year. He was released by the team in February.
Throughout his illustrious 15-year NFL career, Woodson has been named All-Pro seven times and has won just about every award possible at his position. He’s amassed 55 career interceptions, 11 defensive touchdowns, 119 pass breakups, 24 forced fumbles, and 17 sacks.
He holds the unique distinction of being selected to the Pro Bowl in three different decades and is a member of the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team.
Charles Woodson Signs with the Oakland Raiders by Jenna Laine