The Green Bay Packers have released Charles Woodson who had spent the last seven seasons with the team and helped them to win the Super Bowl title three years ago.
The 36-year-old featured in 100 matches for the Packers having previously spent eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
Ted Thompson, the Packers’ Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations, said of Woodson: “We are grateful for all that Charles has given to the Green Bay Packers over the past seven years.
“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 organisation off the field.”
In 2010, Woodson established career highs in tackles (105) and forced fumbles (five) and became the first player in league history to return an interception for a touchdown in five straight seasons between 2006 and 2010.
The defensive back’s departure suggests that Green Bay will look to revamp their side before the start of next season in order to improve their NFL betting odds and move on from their defeat to the San Francisco 49ers in last month’s play-offs.
The move frees $10million in salary cap space and that figure will rise if the Packers decide to release their 29-year-old linebacker AJ Hawk, while they will also gain a further $3.75million when they remove the recently retired Jeff Saturday from their roster.
The Packers had renegotiated Woodson’s contract in 2010 to a deal that paid him an average of $10million for each of the last three seasons.
Punters who bet on NFL believe that the Packers are looking to tie quarterback Aaron Rodgers, outside linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive lineman BJ Raji to lucrative new contracts before the start of next season.