Woodson released by Packers

  • Last Updated: February 17 2013, 23:26 GMT

The Green Bay Packers have released veteran defensive back Charles Woodson, ending his seven-year stay with the franchise.

Charles Woodson: Joined the Packers from Oakland Raiders

Woodson joined the Packers in 2006 as an unrestricted free agent after playing eight seasons for the Oakland Raiders, who selected him with the fourth pick overall in the 1998 draft.

The 36-year-old holds the team records for Green Bay for defensive touchdowns (10) and most interception returns for touchdowns (nine).

An eight-time Pro Bowler, Woodson was part of the team that won Super Bowl XLV in February of 2011, helping the Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 at Cowboys Stadium in Texas.

"We are grateful for all that Charles has given to the Green Bay Packers over the past seven years," general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement on the team's official website.

"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.

"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 is the second long-time Packer to depart the team at the start of the off-season - wide receiver Donald Driver recently announced his retirement after 14 years with the team.

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