After seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers, veteran Charles Woodson will be released by the team according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
The Green Bay Packers will release veteran defensive back Charles Woodson, a source familiar with the situation has told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
At 36-years old, the consensus around the NFL seemed to be that Woodson would retire following the 2012 NFL season. Woodson only played 7 games during the regular season for the Packers due to a broken collarbone and wasn’t the same once having returned in the NFL playoffs leading to speculation that retirement may very well be around the corner if the Packers weren’t willing to keep the veteran in Green Bay for another season.
Although endorsed by superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers and still considered to be one of the better defensive players in the league today, the Packers are cleaning house this off-season with no intentions of keeping high-priced veterans or re-signing players that can be replaced in free agency.
Along with Woodson, the Packers let it be known they had no intention of re-signing wide receiver Donald Driver. As a result, Driver chose to retire rather than joining another team after spending his entire career in Green Bay.
Soon-to-be free agent wideout Greg Jennings will also be headed elsewhere. The Packers are fairly stacked at the wide receiver position with James Jones, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson leaving Driver and Jennings expendable moving forward. Jennings will be a hot commodity on the open market next month with plenty of teams likely to show interest. The Miami Dolphins appear to be at the top of the list of teams interested in signing Jennings.
Tight end Jermichael Finley will also likely become a free agent with the Packers content with letting him sign with another team.