Packers Roundup: Woodson returns to Oakland
Former Packers' defensive back Charles Woodson is back with the team he starred with before coming to Green Bay seven years ago. The Oakland Raiders have signed the 36-year-old Woodson to a one-year deal worth four-point-three million dollars. It includes a 700-thousand-dollar signing bonus. The Packers cut Woodson in February, as they decided to go with younger players instead of taking a risk on a defender who broke his collarbone twice in the last three seasons. Woodson had visited San Francisco and Denver before signing with the Raiders - where he played for eight years before joining the Packers in 2006. When he was cut, Woodson said he first wanted to go to a Super Bowl contender. But after that didn't happen, he said he'd be happy playing for whoever wanted him - and that turned out to be Raiders' G-M and former Packers' executive Reggie McKenzie. Woodson was the league's defensive player-of-the-year with Green Bay in 2009. The eight-time Pro Bowler has 55 career interceptions - 11 for touchdowns, the second-most in N-F-L history.
Sam Shields was a no-show yesterday, as the Green Bay Packers held their first public practice in their organized team activities. Shields, who was a restricted free agent this spring, has yet to sign a one-year tender offer of just over two-million dollars. Teammate Morgan Burnett says he has kept in touch with Shields, and he's expected to report soon. Shields had four interceptions and 11 pass break-ups in his final six games last season, but he still faces lots of competition for the starting corner job opposite Tramon Williams. Casey Hayward led the Packers with six interceptions and 21 pass breakups as a rookie a year ago. Davon House is also in the mix, but he's had injury problems. Speaking of injuries, fourth-round offensive tackle J-C Tretter broke an ankle at the team's first O-T-A workout on Monday. The Packers did not confirm the injury but his agent, Alan Herman, said one of Tretter's cleats got caught in the ground during a fumble recovery drill. Herman said Tretter would have surgery, and could be out for six months.